Edna O'Brien's The Light of Evening. By Claire Dederer The first 10 pages of The Light of Evening took me about an hour to read. My husband mocked me from the other couch: "Have you gotten to Page 4 yet?" I'm not the only person who has waded, rather than leapt, into Edna O'Brien. O'Brien has her own language, stilted and cumbrous when you first encounter it. These ought to be straightforward sentences—after all, the words are familiar and unfancy. I made my way along as through a thicket, and the story began to coalesce: Dilly has shingles, and possibly worse. Eleanora is her daughter, a famous writer, who has left Ireland for England and left her mother for what Dilly sees as a series of godless relationships. Here I noticed that a change had come over my reading. This quietude marks a change, or rather a return, for O'Brien, who in the last couple of decades has demonstrated a marked taste for blood. O'Brien is, in fact, a writer constantly balancing two impulses: the poetic and the sensational.
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The National Book Critics Circle | Links Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. "Poetry is in the air." Jan Gardner delivers the New England Literary News. Susanne Pari reviews A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd. Jon Wiener interviews Edmund White for the Nation. "This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish.'" NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Peter Matthiessen's latest novel. Clea Simon reviews Laura Kasischke's Mind of Winter for the Boston Globe. Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews inaugural poet Richard Blanco for Guernica. "'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain." At the Rumpus, Joelle Biele reviews Jonterri Gadson's Pepper Girl. Bill Williams reviews The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Susan Shapiro's new book, reviewed by the New York Times. NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg reviews Zachary Lazar's new novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant. "Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women."
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