A groundbreaking collection that confirms the contribution Irish American women have made to literature in this century.
The story of Irish women in this country and their influence on American letters has until now been little recognized. In this unique and affecting anthology of fiction by Irish American Women, the voices of some of our most important writers are finally celebrated. Featuring selections from such notable authors as Mary McCarthy, Maureen Howard, Mary Gordon, Anna Quindlen, Mary McGarry Morris, Alice McDermott, and Tess Gallagher, this enchanting collection also introduces promising new writers such as Eileen FitzGerald, Erin McGraw, and Stephanie Grant while recovering forgotten works by Ruth McKenney, Mary Deasy, and others. Organized chronologically from the 1930's to the present day, these twenty-four stories-some of which have never before been published in book form-explore the sometimes crushing love and obligations of family, the mixed blessing of faith, and the origins of identity and sexuality. They all serve to resurrect the powerful image, once buried, of Irish women as storytellers.