The Ante-Room

The Ante-Room

by Kate O'Brien
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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"A grave and beautiful story, exquisitely composed and cut to a jewel-like fineness"  —The Daily Telegraph

"A gem of a novel."  —Tamsin Hargreaves

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844083176
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.76(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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