Love and tragedy converge in a seaside town in The High Road, a newly reissued novel from Edna O'Brien, the author of Girl and "one of the most celebrated writers in the English language" (NPR's Weekend Edition)
This richly peopled, compellingly readable novel explores the many lives of women--as mystic, mother, daughter, and lover. There is Iris, with her "winsome wonsome" ways, no longer young; there is Charlotte, a troubled debutante who has fled from society; and there is the narrator, Anna, who feels that her emotional life has folded until she meets a young Spanish girl named Catalina.
Set in a seaside enclave on the Mediterranean coast, The High Road
is a passionate account of lost love and the return to loving, where currents of regret and loneliness clash with a fiery instinct for survival.