An illuminating meditation on faith and America's fate
When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson. Virago, €21.70. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.
An ambitious second novel achieves something special
All Is Song by Samantha Harvey. Jonathan Cape, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.
Faded lives and the quiet decline of the big house
Shadowstory by Jennifer Johnston. Headline Review, €18.90.
Exploring complex lives in a Donegal Dreamtime
As a poet and novelist, Dermot Healy breathes life into words. It has been 11 years since Sudden Times, his widely ac claimed last novel, was published. In the meantime, he has written plays and two collections of poetry, The Reed Bed (2001), and A F