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Academy Street

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman's life, from an important new writer

Tess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely-a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with.

Academy Street is Mary Costello's luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City.

Anne Enright has said that Costello's first collection of stories, The China Factory, "has the feel of work that refused to be abandoned; of stories that were written for the sake of getting something important right ... Her writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand" (The Guardian).

Academy Street is driven by this same urgency. In sentence after sentence it captures the rhythm and intensity of inner life.

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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Academy Street: A Novel
Author(s): Mary Costello
ISBN: 0-374-10052-7 / 978-0-374-10052-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
ISBN: 1-78211-418-1 / 978-1-78211-418-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Academy Street: A Novel
Author(s): Mary Costello
ISBN: 1-250-08167-X / 978-1-250-08167-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
ISBN: 1-78211-420-3 / 978-1-78211-420-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Audio Editions

December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Academy Street: A Novel
Author(s): Mary Costello
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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October 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Academy Street
Author(s): Mary Costello
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK