Gemma O’Connor

Life
Author of books on women in the lives of Joyce and Swift; also fiction, Sins of Omission (1995), Falls the Shadow (1996) and Farewell to the Flesh (1997).

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Works
Sins of Omission (Dublin: Poolbeg 1995), 507pp.; Falls the Shadow (Poolbeg 1996), 471pp.; Farewell to the Flesh (London: Bantam 1997), 444pp.

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Commentary
Celia de Fréine, Books Ireland (Oct. 1995), pp.244-45, deals with lives of three women; Grace Harfield, dealer in rare books and abandoned by husband; appointed executor for her sister Eileen, mother of Bid; doesn’t know she has a ‘sister’; damnable consequence of withheld truth, and a repressed event of children that resurfaces; set in London and then Dublin; where she returns to the house by the Grand Canal.

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