Catherine Dunne

Catherine Dunne

Catherine Dunne is the author of one nonfiction book and ten novels, including her latest, The Years That Followed. The Things We Know Now won the Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. She was recently longlisted for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction Award in 2015. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Dublin.

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A Hundred Years in the Life of an American Family

Ever since I read A THOUSAND ACRES, I have loved the work of Jane Smiley. That novel has it all: love, lust, rivalry, betrayal, loss, grief, conflict, wisdom. It reworks Shakespeare’s tale of King Lear—that “fond, foolish old man.” By locating her story in a farming community in contemporary Iowa, Smiley shows us how all the best stories are timeless. They deal with what it is to be human, to find our way through a world that is often hostile and always confusing.

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