The first book about Maeve Brennan, the recently rediscovered New Yorker writer from Ireland, who wrote like an angel, and looked like a fashion model, but became homeless in Manhattan in the 1970s and died forgotten in 1993.
Angela Bourke is the author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary- A True Story (winner of several awards, including the Irish Times Literature Prize for Irish Non-Fiction), and By Salt Water. Born in Dublin, where she still lives, she has spent long periods in the USA, and has held visiting academic positions at Harvard University, Boston College and the University of Minnesota. A leading scholar in interdisciplinary Irish Studies, Angela Bourke writes in Irish and English, and makes frequent appearances on television and radio. She is Senior Lecturer in Irish at University College Dublin, The National University of Ireland, Dublin.
"'Hugely entertaining and thought-provoking, and upsetting and funny, and tender and wise...A labour of love and a profound study of literary life in 20th-century America.' Roy Foster, Financial Times 'An unusually fine biography...Bourke makes you want to read [Brennan's] books.' Paul Bailey, Sunday Times 'This, finally, is the biography [Brennan] deserves.' Mall on Sunday 'A biography to savour and treasure.' Frances Spalding, Daily Mail 'Sympathetic...compelling reading.' Independent 'This book needed to be written and Angela Bourke was the perfect author...meticulously researched, detailed and beautifully written.' Evening Herald 'This fine biography completes the rehabilitation of Maeve Brennan, who can now take her rightful place among the very best Irish short story writers.' Irish Examiner"