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The Ante-Room
     

The Ante-Room

by Kate OBrien
 

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It is the Eve of All Saints, 1880, and Teresa Mulqueen lies dying. Her family gathers round her, and beneath this sad scene another drama, no less poignant, unfolds. In this house of stillness and shadow, her daughter Agnes anxiously awaits the return of her sister Rose-Marie and brother-in-law Vincent. Agnes adores her sister, but secretly, passionately loves

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It is the Eve of All Saints, 1880, and Teresa Mulqueen lies dying. Her family gathers round her, and beneath this sad scene another drama, no less poignant, unfolds. In this house of stillness and shadow, her daughter Agnes anxiously awaits the return of her sister Rose-Marie and brother-in-law Vincent. Agnes adores her sister, but secretly, passionately loves Vincent—and she knows their marriage is foundering. Ahead lies a terrible battle between her uncompromising religious faith and the intensity of her love.

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Library Journal
O'Brien's soap opera-ish novel dates back to 1934. In the shadow of her mother's impending death, Agnes awaits the arrival of her sister and brother-in-law. Generally this would bring comfort, but the twist is that Agnes is secretly in love with the man and knows the marriage is on the rocks. Will she take advantage of the opportunity? Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860688259
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Kate O'Brien (1897-1974), one of Ireland's greatest and best-loved writers, was born in Limerick. As well as writing plays, travel and biography, she published nine beloved novels.

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