By Edna O'Brien

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

One evening, within the lifeless of wintry weather, 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 lifestyles. sooner than lengthy, the gorgeous black-haired Fidelma McBride falls lower than his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and conference, turns to him to remedy her of her private pains.

Then, one morning, the semblance is all at once shattered. whereas en path to pay tribute at Yeats's grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and printed to be a infamous struggle legal and mass assassin. The Cloonoila neighborhood is devastated via this revelation, and nobody greater than Fidelma, who's made to pay for her deviance and wish. In shame and completely by myself, she embarks on a trip that may deliver either profound hassle 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 brilliant and unflinching exploration of humanity's ability for evil and artifice in addition to the bravest type of love.

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