The Ante-Room (Paperback)

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This is book number 325 in the Virago Modern Classics series.


Ireland, 1880 and a prosperous, provincial family observes the three great autumnal feasts of the Church. As Teresa Mulqueen lies dying, her family gather round her and beneath this drama another, no less poignant, unfolds. Unmarried daughter Agnes awaits the return of her sister Marie-Rose and brother-in-law Vincent. She adores her sister, but secretly, pasionately, loves Vincent. And their marriage, she knows, is unhappy...Ahead lies a terrible battle between her uncompromising faith and the intensity of her love. In this delicately imagined novel, originally published in 1934, Kate O'Brien lays bare the struggles between personal need and the Catholic faith with the sympathy and insight which is the hallmark of her craft.

About the Author

Kate O'Brien (1897-1974), one of Ireland's greatest and best-loved writers, was born in Limerick. As well as writing plays, travel and biography, she published nine wonderful novels.

Praise For…

A gem of a novel—TAMSIN HARGREAVES

A grave and beautiful story, exquisitely composed and cut to a jewel-like fineness—DAILY TELEGRAPH
Product Details
ISBN: 9781844083176
ISBN-10: 1844083179
Publisher: Virago
Publication Date: May 4th, 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Virago Modern Classics