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The Little Red Chairs

Edna O’Brien
2016, 299 p.

This story is set in an Irish village, where one day a mysterious foreigner walks into town and opens an alternative healing clinic. He manipulates the local women by providing hot stone massages and poetry. The beautiful Fidelma, who is unhappy about being childless, falls under his spell and becomes pregnant. When his true identity as a Balkan war criminal is revealed, shocking and harrowing events follow. To come to terms with the past Fidelma moves to London, where she lives among the homeless and hears stories told by refugees and victims of horrors. After attending the war criminal’s trial in The Hague, Fidelma finds a way to give her life a new direction. O’Brien’s novel is breathtaking and astonishing. It addresses some of today’s moral problems and will stick with you for a long time to come.


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