Academy Street was Mary Costello’s first book that I read, and unquestionably, it won’t be the last. When I was wandering in a charity that sells books, I saw this one, and I immediately liked its name. As soon as I saw the cover, I was thrilled because it said: “Brings to mind John Williams’s resurrected masterpiece, Stoner.” I ran to the till to buy it without even reading the blurb because Stoner is one of my all-time
Academy Street tells the story of a woman named Tess. Tess, which we follow from the age of seven to her
Tess, born and raised in Ireland, goes to New York in the 1960s. She tries to build a life for herself and struggles with her loneliness in a big city. And one day,
This book is beautifully written and will leave you thinking about Tess for a while, and life itself. I tried not to spoil the book for you as much as I can. Please read it if you loved Stoner. You’ll enjoy this as well.
About the book: Academy Street
‘With extraordinary devotion, Mary Costello brings to life a woman who would otherwise have faded into oblivion amid the legions of the meek and the unobtrusive.’
Academy Street is the heartbreaking and evocative story of one woman’s life spanning six decades.
About the author: Mary Costello
Mary Costello is from Galway. Her short story collection, The China Factory (2012), was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her novel, Academy Street (2014), was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize and the EU Prize for Literature. It won the Irish Novel of the Year Award and the overall Irish Book of the Year in 2014. It has