A novel of dreams and affections, lamentations and betrayals, The Light of Evening delves deep into the intense relationship between a mother and daughter. From her hospital bed in Dublin, the ailing Dilly Macready eagerly awaits a visit from her ...
long-estranged daughter, Eleanora. Years before, Eleanora fled Ireland for London when her sensuous first novel caused a local scandal. Her mother beseeches her to return home, sending letters that are priceless in their mix of love, guilt, and recrimination. For all her mother’s disapproval, Dilly herself knows something of Eleanora’s need for freedom: as a young woman in the 1920s, she left Ireland for a new life in New York City before heartbreak sent her back home. As she does in much of her stunning fiction, O’Brien reveals a fierce and intimate knowledge of the forces that both bind families together and keep them at odds.