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Ghost Light

Author: 
Joseph O'Connor
Publisher(s): 
Harvill Secker, London
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Publication Date: 
2010-06
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"I also try to be true in the structure of the book as to how memory works. We don’t remember chronologically, we remember in pictures or bits of songs. Molly’s head is full of old junk, like the junk shop where she was born. It’s full of old furniture, and bits of song, and boys she once knew and something Yeats once said to her. It’s like a pack of playing cards, all thrown into the air by that hurricane at the beginning and she picks them up and tries to put them together and sometimes they make little stories and sometimes the reader is given these raw materials and the reader puts the story together."

Joseph O'Connor, in interview

Description

Ghost Light is Joseph O'Connor's third historical novel; it imagines the relationship between actress Molly Allgood and playwright John Synge.  He has also published several contemporary-set novels, short story collections, novellas, plays, and works of non-fiction. 

Cover image of Ghost Light
Publisher(s):
Harvill Secker, London