Author(s): Mary Costello
Academy Street is the heart-breaking and evocative story of one woman's life spanning six decades. Tess's childhood in 1940's rural Ireland is defined by the sudden death of her mother. Later, in New York, she encounters the ferocious power and calamity of love, and the effects of catastrophic fate. The novel resonates with the rhythms of memory and home as well as those of America's greatest city.
This is an intimate story about unexpected gifts and unbearable losses, and the perpetual ache for belonging. It is exquisitely written and profoundly moving.
* Widespread review coverage in major newspapers across Australia and New Zealand such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and NZ Herald * Widespread review coverage in literary and general publications such as Kill Your Darlings, The Monthly and NZ Listener * Widespread review coverage on online blogs such as Literary Minded and Liticism * Review coverage in specialist Irish media, including newspapers such as the Irish Echo * Select radio interviews on ABC national radio * Author to tour and appear at major literary festivals in 2015 * Chapter sample available for sell-in * Bound proofs available to the trade * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Social media campaign including dedicated Twitter and Facebook competitions * Book club notes available for download at www.textpublishing.com.au
Winner of Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for International Dublin Literary Award 2016 and Costa First Novel Award 2014.
Mary Costello lives in Dublin. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Academy Street is her first novel.