My Father's House


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Europa Editions
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5.3 X 8.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph O'Connor is the author of nine novels, two collections of short stories, and a number of bestselling works of nonfiction. The recipient of France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, and numerous other awards, he has served as the Harman Visiting Professor of creative writing at Baruch College in New York. Born in Dublin, he currently serves as the Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.


Praise for My Father's House

★ "Riveting... A storytelling tour de force. This is top-drawer WWII fiction."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

★ "If the story were told in typical thriller style, emphasizing action over language, it would still be good, but O'Connor's phrasings are a special joy... A deeply emotional read."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Praise for Shadowplay

"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition."--The New York Times Book Review

"O'Connor's magnificent novel does even more than fly, it soars."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Subtly drawn and intensely affecting...Recalls, in its effortless grace, those 19th-century novels that made readers of us all."--The Wall Street Journal

"An engrossing story wonderfully well served by superb narration."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"An absolutely magnificent book. It's not just a portrait of Bram Stoker, but a novel of the here and now. This is one of the best books of the year, anywhere."--Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

"Intensely atmospheric...As a romp through Ripper-ravaged London, Shadowplay is mightily entertaining. But as a meditation on hidden sexuality, it is powerful and poignant."--The Literary Review

"There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, with such sensual density, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O'Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph."--Peter Carey, author of Parrot and Olivier in America

"A marvelous novel...Magnificent."--Suzie Feay, Financial Times

"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition set in the garish heyday of a theater presided over by a tyrannical Irving and an exquisitely vulgar Ellen Terry, Britain's answer to Sarah Bernhardt."--Miranda Seymour, The New York Times Book Review

★ "An affectionate, tender story about everyday heroism, secret selves, and triumphs and tragedies on stage and in life and the many kinds of love that bind us together."--Library Journal (Starred Review)

★ "Shadowplay blows the dust off its Victorian trappings and brings them to scintillating life."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A gorgeous, gorgeous book . . . A thing of great beauty."--Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio

"Shadowplay totally swept me away . . . It's a bit like Moulin Rouge meets Dracula. I absolutely loved it."--Oliver Callan, Irish Examiner

"O'Connor is one of the best writers working today."--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple