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Miss Emily Reviews

The Noise of Time initially appears to be the latest addition to a hybrid literary form with which we are increasingly familiar – the fictional biography. Recent examples range from Colm Tóibin’s The Master (which presented a repressed and unhappy Henry James) to Nuala O’Connor’s excellent Miss Emily (which gave us a wilful and tormented Emily Dickinson).

Alex Preston, The Guardian

“…Irish writer Nuala O’Connor breathes new life into reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in her mesmerizing U.S. debut. Like one of Dickinson’s poems, the deceptively simple narrative packs a powerful punch…”

Margaret Flanagan in Booklist

“Miss Emily is a triumph of a novel, creating an utterly human and believable Emily Dickinson through the eyes of an enchanting and complex fictional Irish woman. Their story is smart and witty and harrowing and brilliantly revelatory of the interplay of life and inspiration in a nascent great artist. And all this is done in prose that has the same condensed, particularizing power of Dickinson’s poetry. Nuala O’Connor has long been one of my favorite contemporary Irish writers. She will certainly find an ardently admiring American audience with this extraordinary novel.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler

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You Reviews

‘…You deserves to find a place in our pantheon of much-admired, beautifully crafted variations on a theme’

Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times

‘…timeless, placeless and universal… a must read’

Yvonne Hogan, The Irish Independent

‘…a vivid and immediate sensory experience,…Ní Chonchúir’s ear – as you might expect of a poet – is alive to the language of her characters…it is about the ordinary, and the secret life that runs beneath it’

Kevin Power, The Sunday Business Post

‘The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone…This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.’

Sue Leonard, The Irish Examiner

‘…this novel uses plain prose, vivid detail, fresh images, and the delightful Dublin vernacular. You is a compelling story that brings to life complex characters and delivers hard-hitting truths.’

Ethel Rohan, Pank

‘Her prose is both dignifying and empowering to her subjects, and it is her psychological ableness which will mark Ní Chonchúir as a writer of significance.’

Rachel J. Fenton, Melusine