The Little Red Chairs

By Edna O'Brien

A fiercely appealing novel approximately one woman's fight to reclaim a lifestyles shattered by way of betrayal, from one of many maximum storytellers of our time

One evening, within the lifeless of iciness, a mysterious stranger arrives within the small Irish city of Cloonoila. Broodingly good-looking, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village existence. prior to lengthy, the gorgeous black-haired Fidelma McBride falls below his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and conference, turns to him to therapy her of her private pains.

Then, one morning, the appearance is without notice shattered. whereas en path to pay tribute at Yeats's grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and published to be a infamous warfare felony and mass assassin. The Cloonoila neighborhood is devastated by means of this revelation, and nobody greater than Fidelma, who's made to pay for her deviance and wish. In shame and totally by myself, she embarks on a trip that might deliver either profound difficulty and, eventually, the chance of redemption.

Moving from eire to London after which to The Hague, THE LITTLE crimson CHAIRS is Edna O'Brien's first novel in ten years -- a bright and unflinching exploration of humanity's means for evil and artifice in addition to the bravest type of love.

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