” I’m starting to think my narrators’ sentences are getting too big for them, and they are getting to sound a bit samey and, more disturbingly, a bit too much like me. “


” I work at the sentences. Many of the things people find distinctive about my writing, I think of as natural. “


” I think it’s very important to write a demythologized woman character. My characters are flawed. They are no better than they should be. “


” I find being Irish quite a wearing thing. It takes so much work because it is a social construction. People think you are going to be this, this, and this. “


” I can’t think of anything you might say about Irish people that is absolutely true. “


” Ireland is a series of stories that have been told to us, starting with the Irish Celtic national revival. I never believed in ‘Old Ireland.’ It has been made all of kitsch by the diaspora, looking back and deciding what Ireland is. Yes, it is green. Yes, it is friendly. I can’t think of anything else for definite. “


” Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about marriage as, not the worst thing, but the most boring thing that could happen to a person. Now I think I was wrong. I like to be proven wrong. “


” I am interested in levels of brain discourse. How articulate are the voices in your head? You know, there’s a different voice for the phone, and a different voice if you’re talking in bed. When you’re starting off with a narrator, it’s interesting to think, where is their voice coming from, what part of their brain? “



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I work at the sentences. Many of the things people find distinctive about my writing, I think of as natural.


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I find being Irish quite a wearing thing. It takes so much work because it is a social construction. People think you are going to be this, this, and this.
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Ireland is a series of stories that have been told to us, starting with the Irish Celtic national revival. I never believed in
Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about marriage as, not the worst thing, but the most boring thing that could happen to a person. Now I think I was wrong. I like to be proven wrong.
I am interested in levels of brain discourse. How articulate are the voices in your head? You know, there
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