A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O’Brien’s ‘Little Red Chairs’ : NPR

O’Brien was told by the technician there that in terms of her hearing, “she’s a broken piano.” That dismissive phrase haunted O’Brien and, somewhat in defiance, she wrote what turned out to be a spectacular memoir.

Perhaps that phrase is still proving a useful spur to writing; for at age 85, O’Brien has just brought out one of her best and most ambitious novels yet.

 

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