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Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.
Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him - her nemesis - at the tribunal in The Hague that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.
The Little Red Chairs is a book about love and the endless search for it. It is also a book about mankind's fascination with evil and how long, how crooked, is the road toward home.
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By Sharey on 05-04-16
There is no doubt about the quality and intelligence of O'Brien's exquisite prose. However, at times I was confused as to the basics of whom, where, and when in the course of the story. The beauty of her lovely prose suffered therefore from a lack of keener stitching between scenes and too much emphasis on exhibiting her writing than pulling her story together more actively and coherently. Had she achieved that, I would have given the book five stars. The narrator did a superb job.
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By Tara on 04-24-16
Only a Master such as Edna O'Brien
...could create this novel in all its devastating beautiy. An artistic triumph brought to life in this production. An unsettling and haunting tale that tears open the heart --as powerful and eternal and full of wisdom as the verse of Rumi.
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