Under the Rose: Selected Stories

December 7, 2020
Under the Rose: Selected Stories

Julia O'Faolain is one of the most important Irish writers ofthe past half-century. Under the Rose is a selection ofshort stories taken from her many celebrated collections.These are stories about families and relationships, religion andpolitics, new life and mortality, and their settings range fromIreland and the USA to Italy and France. O'Faolain exposes thedelusions of sexual desire, explores the failings of the Church andunpicks the casual brutalities of a patriarchal society. In anafterword, she considers the art of the short story and theinfluences that continue to shape her work.Powerful, profound and unflinching in their reflections on humanexperience, the stories in Under the Rose are masterpiecesof the form.Praise for Julia O'Faolain:'The assurance, range and diversity of her stories . . .proclaim a writer of daunting gifts.' Guardian'Entertaining and rich in comedy . . . gripping and moving.'William Trevor'A wonderful stylist and an exciting writer . . . Her work isjoyous, urbane and intensely Irish.' Independent onSunday