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Mother America and Other Stories

Author: 
Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Publisher(s): 
New Island Books, Dublin
Publication Date: 
2012-08
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"The story ‘Mother America’ touches on the major motifs in this collection of stories: religion, fear, how mothers and sons relate, and the influence of America on Ireland. Funnily enough the story pre-dates the rest of the stories by a number of years but I held it over as I thought the title would work well for a collection. I didn’t write the other stories because of it but themes of mothering and migration emerged over the three years or so this collection was written. Life is ugly-pretty and that’s what interests me as a writer. I would rather write/read about the hard stuff and sensual things than hearts ‘n’ flowers. I think the cover does a great job of representing the book – it was my favourite of eight designs the publisher came up with; I just love that Kewpie doll!"

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, in interview

Description

Mother America is Nuala Ní Chonchúir's fourth collection of short stories. One of the stories, "Peach," was published in Prairie Schooner (Winter 2011) and nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. She has also published four volumes of poetry and two novels. 

Cover image of Mother America
Publisher(s):
New Island Books, Dublin