O’Brien’s life reflected in latest novel on mother-daughter bond

The Light Of Evening, by Edna O’Brien, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.

4th November, 2006

The Light Of Evening, by Edna O’Brien, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.

“Her mother is staring with a grave expression, her gnarled fingers clasped as if in prayer . . .My mother has heard the mating calls of the world beyond and has seen a picture of a white ship far out at sea. Her eyes are shockingly soft and beautiful.”

The telling prologue of Edna O’Brien’s latest offering, The Light of Evening, sets...

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