Inspired by Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, this panoramic and compulsively readable new novel is an intelligent, witty and fiercely humane insight into modern Ireland.
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Eilis Ni Dhuibhne was born in Dublin. She was educated at University College Dublin and has a BA in English and a PhD in Irish Folklore. She worked for many years as a librarian and archivist in the National Library of Ireland and now teaches on the MA for Creative Writing at University College Dublin and for the Faber Writing Academy. She is a member of Aosdana. The author of more than twenty books, including five collections of short stories, several novels, children's books, plays and many scholarly articles and literary reviews, her work includes The Dancers Dancing, The Pale Gold of Alaska and Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow. She has been the recipient of many literary awards, among them the Stewart Parker award for Drama, three Bisto awards for her children's books and several Oireachtas awards for novels in Irish. Her novel, The Dancers Dancing (Blackstaff, 1999; new edition 2007), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and her collection, The Inland Ice, was selected as a 'Notable Book' by the New York Times. One of Ireland's most important short story writers, Ni Dhuibhne's stories have appeared in many anthologies, including The Faber Book of Best Irish Short Stories and The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story.