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COMING OF AGE NOVELS

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls vividly captures the emotional texture of a young woman's life in 1950s Ireland. Like all great coming of age novels –Jane Eyre; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – it distils into the story of one life the collective story of a generation. Join us to discuss O’Brien’s novel, and why coming of age stories are so powerfully resonant for readers. With authors Catherine Dunne and Alan McMonagle, chaired by Michael G. Cronin, lecturer in English at Maynooth University. Michael is the author of Impure Thoughts: sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland.

Catherine Dunne is the author of ten published novels. Her one work of non-fiction, An Unconsidered People, is a social history that explores the lives of Irish immigrants in London in the 1950’s.Among her novels are: The Things We Know Now, which won the Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The Years That Followed was published in 2016 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. She is this year’s recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Contribution to Irish Literature.

Alan McMonagle has written for radio, published two collections of short stories: Liar, Liar and Psychotic Episodes - both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor Award - and contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America. His debut novel, Ithaca, was published in 2017 and was longlisted for the 2019 Dublin Literary Award.


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