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The Light of Evening by Edna O'Brien
The Light of Evening begins with the elderly Dilly Macready on the way to a Dublin hospital from her Irish country home. She's dying from cancer and wants her estranged daughter, Eleanora, to visit her before she dies. Dilly recounts her own past and her days in New York City, until a lover's betrayal sent her back to Ireland and an ill-advised marriage. Eleanora now lives in London, chased from Ireland by her shockingly sensual novels, where she also married poorly. She comes to Dublin from a conference she's attending and, after a short visit with her dying mother, she quickly returns. In her haste to return to the conference, and another failed romance, she leaves behind her journals. Dilly reads the journals, leading to the shocking conclusion. Edna O'Brien's novel has received positive reviews with the Philadelphia Inquirer saying, "The focus may be soft in The Light of Evening, but the truths it illuminates are hard as diamonds."