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IAC Literature & Humanities
Mary Costello
Presented by Irish Arts Center and Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:30PM

Donaghy Theatre
Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st.
New York, NY 10019

in association with Stinging Fly

Join us as Mary Costello reads from her compelling debut novel Academy Street—a vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman’s life, from an important new writer.

Tess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely—a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with. Academy Street is Mary Costello’s luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City.

"With extraordinary devotion, Mary Costello brings to life a woman who would otherwise have faded into oblivion amid the legions of the meek and the unobtrusive.” —JM Coetzee