Eamonn McGrath

Life
1929- ; b. Co. Wexford, in a small farming community; B.A. in English and Irish literature from University College Galway, 1952; lives Clonakilty, Co. Cork, where he has worked as a teacher; Honour Thy Father (1970), follows Wexford boy’s passage to manhood and relationship with drinking father]; The Charnel House (1990) is set in Irish TB sanatorium of the 1950s; The Fish in the Stone (1994), chronicles Mary Ennis in shadow of parents loveless marriage in small-town Ireland; taboos of silence and ignorance surrounding incest. DIL

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Works
Honour Thy Father
(Dublin: Allen Figgis 1970), Do. (Belfast: Blackstaff 1990), rep. as The Clay Grew Tall (NY: Herder & Herder 1972), 245pp.; The Charnel House (Belfast: Blackstaff 1990); The Fish in the Stone (Belfast: Blackstaff 1994), 240pp.

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Commentary
D. J. Taylor, ‘Heading for the Troubles’, review of The Fish in the Stone, in Sunday Times (1 May 1994), [q.p.]; finds it ‘a story of incest, scarred by a loveless marriage and captivated by the bucolic frenzies of his youth, an emotionally damaged shopkeeper becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter ... relationship convincingly outlined, a succession of tiny steps instinctively taken, probable consequences cancelled out by naiveté and psychosis ... conclusion - a tumult of violence and implausibility - overdone but there is a great deal of shrewd observation and delicate writing along the way.’

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