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Mother America

Mother America

12.99

By Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Set in Ireland and America, as well as Paris, Rome and Mexico, these stories map the lives of parents and the boundaries they cross.

A-format, paperback | 176pp | ISBN: 978-1-84840-159-4 | Release Date: August 2012

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In Mother America and other stories mothers tattoo their children and abduct them; they act as surrogates and they use charms to cure childhood illnesses. The story 'Letters' sees an Irish mother cling to love of her son, though he abandoned her in New York, where loneliness is alleviated only by letters she cannot read. In 'Queen of Tattoo', Lydia, the tattooed lady from the Groucho Marx song, tries to understand why her son is a bad man. Set in Ireland and America, as well as Paris, Rome and Mexico, these stories map the lives of parents and the boundaries they cross. Nuala Ní Chonchúir's sinewy prose dazzles as she exposes the follies of motherhood as well as its triumphs. Once again she spotlights the contradictions and fierce loves that shake up the life of the family.

Reviews:

Ní Chonchúir, like Frida Kahlo, documents female lives in ripe, uncompromising detail. I was also reminded of Edna O’Brien to whose groundbreaking work most Irish women writers owe a debt. Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of the flame.
— The Irish Times
‘..Ní Chonchúir...immediately arrests the reader’s attention with jolting declarations, oddities and intriguingly out-of-place ideas...A short, satisfying read, Mother America offers shards of humour and solace in a collection primarily concerned with the complexities of love...in the difficult task of writing about sex, the author shows a particular flair.
— The Sunday Times
...the prose is measured and graceful, rich with delectable turns of phrase and vivid descriptions that seem to paralyse time...Over the past decade, Miss Ní Chonchúir has proven herself a prolific and diverse talent.
— The Irish Examiner