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Author
Joseph O'Connor.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780374161873
Pages/Publication Date 246/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33350
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The seventh novel from the author of the Whitbread Prize finalist Cowboys and Indians and the internationally acclaimed Star of the Sea is a haunting love story rumored to be true. In postwar London, an old woman shambles across the city in the wake of a hurricane, past bomb damage and through the forlorn beauty of wrecked terraces and wintry parks, while her mind drifts in and out of the present as she remembers the great love of her life, her once dazzling acting career, and her travels in America. In Dublin, five decades earlier, weathered playwright John Synge is about to put on The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre he cofounded with W.B. Yeats and Augusta Gregory, when a spirited teenage actress named Molly Allgood walks in, and against all odds and all of their friends' wishes, they fall in love.

"[Joseph] O'Connor fictionalizes the real-life relationship between promising young actress Molly Allgood and tortured playwright J.M. Synge.... When 18-year-old Molly joins the celebrated Abbey Theater ensemble in 1907, she quickly becomes enamored of the extremely talented but emotionally remote Synge. As the action stretches back and forth between post-WWII London and Edwardian Dublin, the bittersweet disconnect between the vital and passionate Molly of the past and the shuffling survivor of the present is heartrending. "Booklist

 
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