Publisher description for A fanatic heart : selected stories of Edna O'Brien / [foreword by Philip Roth].


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In these selections from twenty years of her best short fiction, Edna O’Brien pulls the reader into a woman’s experience. Her stories portray a young Irish girl’s view of obsessive love and its often wrenching pain, while tales of contemporary life show women who open themselves to sexuality, to disappointment, to madness. Throughout, there is always O’Brien’s voice—wondrous, despairing, moving—examining passionate subjects that lay bare the desire and needs that can be hidden in a woman’s heart.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Ireland -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.