Colm O’Gaora

Life
[1966- ]; author of novel A Crooked Field (1999), story of a dg. stranded in rural Ireland with her father after the death of her mother, his sexual assault upon her, her flight to London, unwanted pregnancy, and miscarriage, and her return, after which she and her husband look after the father; Another Sky (2003), set in small-town N. Ireland during the Troubles, Portnew and London.

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Works
Giving Ground: Stories (London: Jonathan Cape 1993), [6],217pp.; A Crooked Field (London: Picador 1999; pb. 2000), 320pp.; Another Sky (London: Picador 2003), 192pp.

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Criticism
John Kenny, ‘Rural Gloom and Mayo Gothic’, review of A Crooked Field, with In the Name of the Wolf, by John F. Deane, in The Irish Times (27 March, 1999), [q.p.]

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Notes
Crooked Field
(Picador 2000) is an elegiac study of father-daughter relationship in a remote part of Connemara in which the dg. leaves the widower Kelly for London to find her own space effecting a reversal of the relationship; writing marked by limpid observation of Irish landscape. (See Arminta Wallace, Book notice, in The Irish Times [Weekend], 9 April, 2000.)

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