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Academy Street A vibrant intimate hypnotic portrait of one woman s life from an important new writerTess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day A single mother A nurse A quiet woman

  • Title: Academy Street
  • Author: Mary Costello
  • ISBN: 9780374100520
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman s life, from an important new writerTess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day A single mother A nurse A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with.Academy Street is Mary Costello s luminous portrait of a whole liA vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman s life, from an important new writerTess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day A single mother A nurse A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with.Academy Street is Mary Costello s luminous portrait of a whole life It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving re encounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City.Anne Enright has said that Costello s first collection of stories, The China Factory, has the feel of work that refused to be abandoned of stories that were written for the sake of getting something important right Her writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand The Guardian.Academy Street is driven by this same urgency In sentence after sentence it captures the rhythm and intensity of inner life.

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    1. Diane Barnes on said:

      My friend Rebecca stated in her review that this was the female version of "Stoner". She nailed it exactly.If you read "Stoner" and are one of those people who didn't like it because it was about a loser and nothing really happened, then please don't pick up "Academy Street". You won't be able to read between the lines and get into the mind and heart of a remarkable woman living an ordinary life, handling disappointment, heartbreak and loneliness with extaordinary character, always being true to [...]

    2. Rebecca Foster on said:

      (4.5) A near-perfect novella about an Irish woman’s early years and new life in New York City. As the reader, you don’t so much watch Tess as feel with her all the losses and disappointments of her simple life; I was continually reminded of Stoner by John Williams. (This is the book I wanted Colm Tóibín’s Nora Webster to be.) Costello gives something of the weight of a classical tragedy to Tess’s struggle: “The paucity of her life made her unspeakably sadA pall grew, a feeling of enn [...]

    3. Dem on said:

      2.5 Stars.Mary Costello's debut novel Academy Street is a short novel spanning four decades and tells the story of Tess who emigrates to America from the West of Ireland in the 1960s The blub of this novel really had me excited about this book as it was described as. "Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city"Unfortunately I found the book neither joyous o [...]

    4. Kim on said:

      I started listening to this audiobook on a whim, almost immediately after hearing its author, Mary Costello, interviewed on a radio literary program. Something about the book appealed to me. Or maybe it was just the author: I'm a sucker for Irish accents. The length of the novella makes it an easy read. The simplicity of its subject matter, though, is deceptive. Costello traces the life of her protagonist, Tess Lohan, from her childhood in Ireland, through her adult life in New York City. While [...]

    5. Quân Khuê on said:

      Mỏng và tuyệt hay, Phố Academy là chuyện đời một phu nữ Ireland nhập cư vào Mỹ từ khi bé thơ cho đến khi gần nhắm mắt xuôi tay. Chuyện không có gì ngoài cô đơn và mất mát. Lý do tác giả không kể tới cái chết của nhân vật chính ắt có lẽ là để tránh tả thêm một cái chết nữa. Tầm này thì tôi rất thích những cuốn thế này: vừa hay, vừa nhanh hết :)

    6. Huy on said:

      Không hiểu sao mình luôn thích những cuốn sách viết về cuộc đời như vốn dĩ nó như thế: không quá nhiều kịch tính, không có biến cố lớn lao nào và sẽ tan biến vào đám đông.Mary Costello có cách viết đặc biệt rung động và chạm vào trái tim mình, bởi vì dù luôn muốn đạt được thành tựu gì đó trong cuộc đời nhưng trong sâu thẳm mình biết nó cũng sẽ trôi qua mà không có gì xảy ra, như ba [...]

    7. Julie Christine on said:

      A meditation on inner life, beautifully rendered and so very sad. Academy Street covers familiar ground—the troubled rural Irish family of Edna O'Brien, Colm Tóibín's naive emigré, Colum McCann's New York—yet Mary Costello creates a character portrait that is fresh and lovely. She lightly moves across seven decades of a woman's life, delving into the few highs and many lows of Tess Lohan's life. This is a novel of melancholy and regret and deep longing. All admiration for the gorgeous wri [...]

    8. Barbara on said:

      Can such a melancholy book be called wonderful? The character of Tess is exquisitely drawn. She is a woman with few, almost no, friends, but her friendship with Willa, her neighbor shines. This is a book that can be read in a day, and I read it in an evening and a morning. I want to read more by Costello as she has such a deft hand at portraying the span of Tess's emotions over a lifetime it is hard to believe this is a first novel.

    9. Lynx on said:

      From her childhood in Ireland to motherhood in New York City we span six decades with Tess as she experiences the loves and losses that come with life.I really struggled with this one. I could feel no emotional connection to Tess, who through it all remained sad and her story predictable. While I enjoyed her childhood years I found the older Tess got the more frustrated and underwhelmed I became. Costello does have talent for prose, and I know I am in the minority here, but this just wasn't for [...]

    10. Cheryl on said:

      A smoothly flowing story of one life, watching a young Irish girl grow up, always shy, obedient, and increasingly alone. God knows where she got the wherewithal to emigrate alone to New York City to be with her sister and aunt. Her passive and reserved nature are so successfully drawn by the author that I never felt at the end, despite being witness to most of her life, like this was someone I knew. She remained always an invented character. It was a steady flow of A to B to C etc, with little d [...]

    11. Ian Mond on said:

      What’s It About?Spanning 6 decades, beginning with Ireland in the 1940s and ending with the tragedy of the Twin Towers, Mary Costello’s short novel details the life and times of Tess Lohan. The back cover blurb says, that during her fourty years living “with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, Tess encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss.”Should I read it?No. No. No.Even though it’s received rave reviews from critics and literary authors like J.M. Coetzee and Ro [...]

    12. Jessica on said:

      This book caught me completely and totally off-guard, and I think that was ultimately its greatest strength. On the surface, it reminded me of a plethora of other “Irish immigrants coming to America” novels – see Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, or John Williams for just a start. At first, I was perfectly prepared to be underwhelmed because there doesn’t seem to be a lot of new ground to cover in that genre. And, to be honest, even though the writing here was often quite lovely, it took a long [...]

    13. Bên Phía Nhà Z on said:

      sâu lắng buồn quá giời ơi, dịch giả hạp cuốn này hay sao dịch siêu mượt

    14. Adrian White on said:

      This was so close to being a five star read; my reservation was the disappointment with the destination of the storyline, which I can't spell out here without a spoiler.Beautiful, accomplished writing that makes it easy to understand the flurry of interest from publishers. The closest comparison I can make is to D.H. Lawrence in the internalising of thoughts and emotions expressed as a response to the physical world. It really was like Sons and Lovers in many ways - which is no bad thing at all. [...]

    15. Mandy on said:

      Mary Costello’s accomplished and deeply moving first novel will inevitably evoke comparisons with the writing of Colm Toíbín, in particular with his novel Brooklyn, the plot of which somewhat resembles this new novel, but Costello’s beautifully restrained and lyrical writing fully deserves the comparison. I was also reminded of John William’s Stoner; another story of a quiet life lived on the margins, and equally heart-breaking.Tess Lohan’s story is an unremarkable one. A shy and lonel [...]

    16. Allan on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which I bought after it was named Irish Times novel of the year 2014.Costello tells the story of Tess, from the time of her difficult childhood growing up in the west of Ireland in the 1940s, through to her emigration to New York and her decades of life living on Academy Street, from where the novel gets its name, and indeed beyond.Costello's portrayal of Tess, who on the face of it lives a wholly unremarkable life, evoked the likes of John Williams' 'Stoner', or [...]

    17. Laura on said:

      From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:A finely wrought and lyrical novel that recounts the life-span of a quiet and shy woman, Tess Lohan; from her childhood in 1940s rural Ireland, her emigration to New York in the early 1960s, becoming a single mother and raising her son in the 1970s and 1980s, right through to the present day.Short-listed on publication for the Irish Book Awards, this beautifully evoked novel opens with Tess aged seven, trying to understand and come to terms with her mother's de [...]

    18. Kevin on said:

      Prior to reading, I had many reservations about this book due to the hype surrounding it. The character of Tess is the life force of the novel, as it should be. At many times I felt a longing to break the mystical barrier between myself and Tess, then, physically pick her up and bear hug her tightly. Her crippling shyness is an attribute which most can relate to and is what makes her appear so unassuming yet simultaneously fascinating and ultimately so loveable. Coming from a previously unheard [...]

    19. Jeanette on said:

      Beautifully written portrait of a Irish woman who immigrates to America. She's quiet and has a strongly introverted focus after losing her Mother at a young age. In every phase of her life she seems to follow life and not originate it. I appreciated the lyrical writing skill and the mood placements, especially the emotional pulls toward surroundings and the natural world. BUT, she never came alive to me. Sad, sad sense of karma- as if there is no capacity to anticipate aspiration or joy.

    20. Linda Wilson on said:

      This book was recommended highly by my daughter - she gave it 5 stars. I agree with her that it is very well written but the story is so depressing that I was unable to enjoy it. I would describe it as being totally lacking in joy - thank goodness it was fairly short, otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it.

    21. Andy on said:

      follows the story of Tess Lohan from 1940's rural Irish childhood, emigration to US and (view spoiler)[ personal impact of September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks (hide spoiler)]for me was much less a typical emigrant's tale and more a personal internal explorationhave seen a few reviews comparing to Stoner which I can see to some degreethe isolated character, the story-line more about paths not taken and introspection than action and plot, but here there isn't the same sense of conflict and strug [...]

    22. Marianne on said:

      “Another vocation, then, reading, akin, even, to falling in love, she thought, stirring, as it did, the kind of emotions and extreme feelings she desired, feelings of innocence and longing that returned her to those vaguely perfect states she had experienced as a child.”Academy Street is the first novel by Irish author, Mary Costello. It chronicles the life of Teresa Lohan, from her youth in rural Ireland in the 1940s through her time in New York and her return to Ireland in her sixties. Tes [...]

    23. Richard Moss on said:

      The migration of the Irish to the US is a far from neglected subject for novelists.Colm Toibin's Brooklyn is a recent and notable example.So in many ways this story of a crossing of the Atlantic is covering well-worn ground.But Mary Costello is not just interested in the immediate moments before, during and after migration. Instead Academy Street looks to encompass almost the whole lifetime of Tess, from young girl to old woman, rather than just the journey from one culture and country to anothe [...]

    24. Bookworm with Kids . on said:

      This was technically well-written but oh so tedious! I just wanted to slap Tess through most of the book. I only read to the end because it's a book club read. I wouldn't be rushing out to read another of Mary Costello's books.

    25. Eileen on said:

      What beautiful, heartrending prose! I was swept along through this understated story of one lonely woman, Tess, of her disappointments and unfulfilled dreams. Despite the prevailing sadness, though, Academy Street was a treasure! There are moments of sheer happiness shimmering through, offering relief. I must admit there were entire pages where I wept. Reminiscent of such great contemporary Irish writers as Colm Toibin, John Boyne, and Maggie O’Farrell, Academy Road clearly places Mary Costell [...]

    26. Cornelius Browne on said:

      A flawless novella, seemingly without strain following a woman's entire life in miraculously few pages, easily the finest of its kind that I've read since Foster by Claire Keegan and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan some years ago. It's always great to be reminded that such fertile pasture lies between short story and novel. Costello's achievement here is so stellar that mentioning such masterpieces as Maupassant's Pierre et Jean or Turgenev's First Love seems neither reckless nor foolish.

    27. Lou on said:

      Ron Rash a fine writer, wrote: “Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called ‘the human heart in conflict with itself.’ In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book.”And yes he couldn't be more right, also a human heart at conflict with the trials of the world and Like that one "portrait of an artist" by James Joyce, I feel this is a portrait o [...]

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