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From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her; she also retraces Eleanora’s precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter, and Dilly's heart rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. But Eleanora’s visit does not prove to be the glad reunion Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship—a revelation that brings the novel to a shocking close. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A book supple with mature power and feeling, where a delicate everyday, even humorous love between mother and daughter is revealed as the grandest of passions.”

    Nuala O’Faolain

  • “Lush with portent, alive with Irish lore and sprinkled with autobiographical elements.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “Graceful, bittersweet new novel about the ache of maternal love…one of Ireland’s finest novelists…She manages to touch on life’s most complex and painful issues in ways that are both deft and tender.”

    The Telegram

  • “O’Brien meditates with haunting lyricism on the lure of home and the compulsion to leave…The award-winning [author] evokes the cruelty of estrangement while allowing her characters to remain sympathetic and giving them real voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “O’Brien’s poetic language is delightful…Molloy’s narration is a welcome aid. The heavy brogue she falls into whenever she’s speaking in the mother or grandmother’s voice provides clear character differentiation for the listener.”


  • “Speaking specifically to mother-daughter relationships, this poignant novel also explores the larger issue of the Irish American consciousness: why Irishmen and Irishwomen came to America, what they did here, and why many returned home.”


  • “A novel of powerful, complicated emotions and rapturous writing.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A. Mary Murphy | 2/18/2014

    " This is an extremely layered story, full of many cultural markers and recognizable O'Brien staples, yet somehow quite different from her novels and short stories I've read. It isn't a happy story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Judith Yeabsley | 2/14/2014

    " This was one of the most boring books I have ever read. I could not wait for it to be over but almost groaned every time I picked it up. The only redeeming part was a section set in New York in the early 1900's. The characters were odd and the plot meandering and pointless. The sections with the daughter were the most tedious as the author went into long, literary monologues to prove she was well read ?!?!!??! Would avoid her other books like a Danielle Steel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hilary | 2/9/2014

    " The style of writing in very flowery, but I found this book jumped around a lot and was difficult to follow and also very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shari | 2/6/2014

    " Reading Edna O'Brien's latest novel was sort of like reading a cross between James Joyce -- I definitely noticed his influence here -- and Alice Munro, and maybe a little Virginia Woolf, too. I wish I remembered more of The House of Splendid Isolation, which I read in 2000. Reading this was a lovely yet somewhat devastating experience, but then, I read about mothers and daughters differently now. The story centers around Dilly, a woman dying from ovarian cancer, and Eleanora, her daughter. Eleanora is a writer with a scandalous personal life, and her relationship with her mother is, predictably, often strained. Her final visit to her mother's bedside doesn't provide the closure her mother hopes for; instead, it opens new wounds and much is left unsaid. O'Brien takes us through Dilly's life and experiences as a young Irish woman living in New York City in the 1920's to Eleanora's adult life. It is a heartbreaking yet somehow lovely and familiar account of all the ways in which we lose each other. "

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