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The Springs of Affection

Stories of Dublin

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April 14, 2009 | Paperback | 5.7 x 8.3, 368 Pages | ISBN 9781582435008
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The Springs of Affection should bring Brennan back to the table of modern fiction, where her place has been empty for too long.” —New York Times Book Review

The twenty-one stories collected here—the very best stories of one of The New Yorker’s most celebrated writers—trace the patterns of love within three Dublin families. Love between husband and wife, which begins in courtship and laughter, loses all power of expression, and then vanishes forever. The natural love of sister for brother, of mother for son, is twisted into the rage to possess. And love that gives rise to the rituals of family life—those “ordinary customs that are the only true realities most of us ever know”—grows solid as rock that will never give way.

In his introduction, William Maxwell, who was for twenty years Maeve Brennan’s editor, writes of the special quality of her work, and especially of the title story, which he places among the great short fiction of the twentieth century.

MAEVE BRENNAN left Ireland for America in 1934, when she was seventeen. In 1949 she joined the staff of The New Yorker, to which she contributed reviews, essays, and short stories. Her acclaimed works The Rose GardenThe Visitor, and The Long-Winded Lady are also available from Counterpoint. Maeve Brennan died in 1993 at the age of seventy-six.

Praise

“Remarkable… Fiction of the highest order, controlled, wise, and fearless. Not many writers go this deep or far from home.” —The Nation

The Springs of Affection should bring Brennan back to the table of modern fiction, where her place has been empty for too long.” —New York Times Book Review

“Masterly… A cause for rejoicing… The richness of Brennan’s meticulous fiction is truly a treasure rediscovered.” —Claire Messud, Newsday

“How and why the voice of these Dublin stories was ever allowed to drift out of earshot is one of the literary puzzles. NowThe Springs of Affection brings it back, as a favor to us all, and it is as true and as haunting as before.” —Mavis Gallant, author of Paris Stories

“There is enormous power in Brennan’s recording of her characters’ sensations… There is great beauty and indomitable humanity… She was a magical writer.” —Baltimore Sun

“I have always counted the title story of this volume among my favorites for all time, but I had forgotten how pure and strong so many of Maeve Brennan’s other stories are. It is a great joy to me to have these all together.” —Alice Munro, Nobel Prize winning author of Dear Life

“Superb… Maeve Brennan is a marvelous, idiosyncratic writer whose work should be far better known than it is.” —The New Criterion

“Wonderful vignettes of a bygone Dublin, with a truth and freshness that makes them timeless.” —Edna O’Brien, author of Country Girl

 

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