Title: All Will Be Well: A Memoir
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Book Condition: Very Good
2006. Hardcover. 304pp. First US edition. Orange-brown boards with brown cloth spine and gilt titles. A bright crisp copy, fore edge uncut. Includes near perfect dust jacke. Keywords: Irish literature, novel. First edition copy. . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KHS0076351
Synopsis: In his award-winning novels and stories, John McGahern (one of ?the greatest Irish writers?? The New York Times Book Review) explores the ordinary lives of men and women to reveal the intricate workings of the human heart and mind. Now, in All Will Be Well, he turns to his own life, telling the story of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.
McGahern grew up the eldest of seven children in County Leitrim, where North and South meet under the Iron Mountains. His early years were marked by his father?s violent nature, the selflessness of his mother?a teacher of uncommon independence?and the tragedy of her death when McGahern was only nine. With extraordinary poignancy, he describes her and how her love remained a source of strength for him and his siblings, helping them to survive their father?s tyrannical rule and, ultimately, enabling them to break free into their own lives.
McGahern traces his career as a writer as it takes him increasingly far from home?to Dublin, London, Paris, Helsinki, Spain, the United States?before it brings him back to the almost unchanged landscape in which he had grown up and which had indelibly shaped his life and work. His lyrical descriptions of the fields and quiet roads of his home catch the subtle beauty of one of Ireland?s least known counties, while his portraits of its inhabitants are drawn with great insight and tenderness. ?The people and the language and landscape?were like my breathing.?
All Will Be Well is a haunting, illuminating memoir.
About the Author: John McGahern is the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories, and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including an award from the Society of Authors, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Prix Ecureuil de Littérature Étrangère and the Chevalier de l?Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA Book Award and the Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.
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