Nora by Nuala O’Connor

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Acclaimed Irish novelist Nuala O’Connor’s bold reimagining of the life of James Joyce’s wife, muse, and the model for Molly Bloom in Ulysses is a “lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle” (Edna O’Brien).

Dublin, 1904. Nora Joseph Barnacle is a twenty-year-old from Galway who left school at twelve, is a chambermaid at Finn’s Hotel, and has all but given up on a happy ending. But on June 16—Bloomsday—her life is changed when she meets James Joyce, a fateful encounter that turns into a lifelong love. Despite his hesitation to marry, Nora follows him in pursuit of a life beyond Ireland, and they surround themselves with a buoyant group of friends that grows to include Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and Sylvia Beach.
But as their life unfolds, Nora finds herself in conflict between their intense desire for each other and the constant anxiety of living in poverty throughout Europe. She desperately wants literary success for Jim, believing in his singular gift and knowing that he thrives on being the toast of the town, and it eventually provides her with a security long lacking in her life and his work. So even when Jim writes, drinks, and gambles his way to literary acclaim, Nora provides unflinching support and inspiration, but at a cost to her own happiness and that of their children.

With gorgeous and emotionally resonant prose, Nora is a heartfelt portrayal of love, ambition, and the quiet power of an ordinary woman who was, in fact, extraordinary.

  • File Name:nora-by-nuala-oconnor.epub
  • Original Title:Nora
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  • Language:en
  • Identifier:9780062991737
  • Publisher:Harper Perennial
  • Date:2020-11-10
  • File Size:2.696 MB

Table of Content

  • 1. Cover
  • 2. Title Page
  • 3. Dedication
  • 4. Epigraph
  • 5. Contents
  • 6. Muglins
  • 7. Throwaway
  • 8. Ireland
  • 9. Goose
  • 10. Heartbalm
  • 11. Mouth
  • 12. Song
  • 13. Eyes
  • 14. Memory
  • 15. Wanderer
  • 16. Exile
  • 17. Money
  • 18. Hope
  • 19. Work
  • 20. Onward
  • 21. Arrival
  • 22. Purchases
  • 23. Row
  • 24. Expectant
  • 25. Priest
  • 26. Christmas
  • 27. Birthday
  • 28. Return
  • 29. Clothes
  • 30. Melancholy
  • 31. Baby
  • 32. Boy
  • 33. Stanislaus
  • 34. Heartsore
  • 35. Opera
  • 36. Commune
  • 37. China
  • 38. Migration
  • 39. Eternal
  • 40. Ousted
  • 41. Natale
  • 42. Return
  • 43. Settling
  • 44. Book
  • 45. Light
  • 46. Family
  • 47. Want
  • 48. Loss
  • 49. Caress
  • 50. Letters
  • 51. Return
  • 52. Friendships
  • 53. Absence
  • 54. Presence
  • 55. Worship
  • 56. Onward
  • 57. Restoration
  • 58. Portrait
  • 59. War
  • 60. Expatriation
  • 61. Plate
  • 62. Convalescence
  • 63. Play
  • 64. Changes
  • 65. Re-entry
  • 66. Exeunt
  • 67. Indulgence
  • 68. Completion
  • 69. Ulysses
  • 70. Irregulars
  • 71. Fame
  • 72. Slumber
  • 73. Unions
  • 74. Circles
  • 75. C
  • 76. Bloomsday
  • 77. Weddings
  • 78. Santé
  • 79. Galilee
  • 80. Fifty
  • 81. Asylums
  • 82. Wake
  • 83. Endings
  • 84. Author’s Note
  • 85. Acknowledgments
  • 86. P.S. Insights, Interviews & More . . .*
    • About the Author
    • About the Book
    • Read On
  • 87. Praise
  • 88. Also by Nuala O’Connor
  • 89. Copyright
  • 90. About the Publisher

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Susan Hilditch
Susan Hilditch

Fabulous read. Their lives came alive for me!

Reply9 months ago