MOTHER OF PEARL, the first novel by an acclaimed Irish short-story writer, explores the disturbing territory of the divided self. Through the story of the kidnapping of a baby, the notion of personal history as received fiction is examined. The novel asks- what makes a family? Is it mere kinship through blood, or something more profound and intricate? What keeps it together? What tears it apart? The action of the novel is seen through the eyes of a baby's mother, the kidnapper and the child itself. Dramatic, blackly funny and tragically topical, MOTHER OF PEARL is a remarkable achievement.
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Mary Morrissy has published three novels - Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey - and a collection of short stories, A Lazy Eye (1993). She has won a Hennessy Award and a Lannan Literary Foundation Award and currently teaches at University College Cork.
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Book Description Vintage, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110099582511
Book Description Vintage. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0099582511 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0958864