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Filleann Seoirse; 176 pp; paperback; ISBN 978-1-913814-24-3
Éilis Ní Anluain’s first novel Filleann Seoirseis a ménage à trois by a river in a coastal town in contemporary Ireland.
Ménage à Trois in Bray by the Sea
When an old friend visits a recently married couple he leaves his mark on the ménage. Told through the eyes of the wife, the story combines the life of the emotions with that of the mind and shows the coming of age of the characters and the eventual parting of companions.
“Yet, she is bored, or thinks she is.”
Liz is twenty seven years old and has been quite successful in life. She has a good husband, a son and a daughter, and they live in a comfortable house by the river in a coastal town not far from the city. Yet, she is bored, or thinks she is.
A lyrical, thoughtful and literary novel set in a seaside town in today’s Ireland. Told in the voice of a young woman, Lís, whose home life with husband Muiris and their young children is undermined by falling in love with their friend Seoirse after he moves in with them.
Told through the eyes of the wife, the story combines the life of the emotions with that of the mind and shows the coming of age of the characters and the eventual parting of companions. ”Bhí Muiris stuama. Cuir leis sin an dearcadh rómánsach agamsa agus dearcadh tragóideach Sheoirse agus tá agat trí sleasa ár dtriantáin bhig.”
A Lyrical Novel in the European Tradition
“Úrscéal réadúil, liriciúil, liteartha scríofa ag Eilís Ní Anluain. Tá macallaí liteartha síos tríd — Ó Conaire agus Ó Cadhain, Lawrence, Eliot agus Frost — agus bean lárnach an scéil ar tinneall ó thús deireadh.” — An tOllamh Angela Bourke, Comhar
Is beag úrscéal mar seo atá againn sa nGaeilge — úrscéal teaghlaigh. Táim ag smaoineamh siar ar Tonn Tuile, scéal ina bhfuil pósadh ag titim as a chéile. Ach anseo tá beirt nach bhfuil iontach sona le chéile, ach atá sásta cur suas le chéile, sásta dul ar aghaidh le chéile. Agus sa méid sin tá sé an-réalaíoch.” — An tOllamh Alan Titley, Comhluadar na Leabhar, Raidió na Gaeltachta
“Iarracht nuálach ionraic é an t-úrscéal Filleann Seoirse ar intinn mhná óige a léiriú agus í ag streachailt le saol an phósta agus an dúil atá aici in ógfhear álainn.” — An Dr Aingeal Ní Chualáin, Feasta
“Ní Anluain’s ability to catch day-to-day life and nuanced feeling is enviable, and she has craſted a very contemporary dialect but one in which the mother tongue is not bleached out of all recognition. And while there is much to admire in her story, equally exciting are the authority and grace with which she writes it. Here is an accomplished author. One looks forward to her next book.” — Pól Ó Muirí, The Irish Times
Read the review by Pól Ó Muirí in Irish Times
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