Edna O’Brien

“Writers are a scourge to those they cohabit with.  They are present and at the same time they are absent.  They are present by the fact of their continuing curiosity, their observing, their cataloguing minds, their longing to see into another person.  But the longing is discharged into the work.”

– Edna O’Brien

3 thoughts on “Edna O’Brien

  1. Jo

    This is fabulous and so very true. Her books were a huge part of my adolescence, wonderful tales.

  2. christine

    And in my case i am present in that I take up room, but produce very little income. I get a lot of looks of exasperation from my husband, who doesn’t always enjoy being in the role of patron.

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