Friday August 7, 2020

‘One of the best Irish books you’ll read this year’

Fiction; Prosperity Drive; By Mary Morrissy; Jonathan Cape, €17.50

6th March, 2016
Mary Morrissy: her absorbing new novel is set on a street that is ‘a crossroads to nowhere’ Picture: Feargal Ward

Prosperity Drive is a series of interlinked stories pertaining to the residents of a suburban street over decades filled with heartache, joy and tragedy. Many of the stories have been published before, but Morrissy artfully draws them together through the experiences of Edel Elworthy, whose inner monologues frame the novel at its opening and close.

In the opening chapter, we meet Edel on her deathbed. Bedridden and burdened with the slippery self-consciousness of dementia, she...

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