“[One] of Ní Dhuibhne’s many gifts is her ability to make the old stories new and fresh.”
“What gives this novel its power is not the literal subject matter of the book, which often threatens to overtake the prose in its tedium, but instead the artful language that invites us to meditate conceptually on the simple life represented.”
The most overused epithet for an underrated writer is that she is a writer’s writer; that is to say that only other writers would be interested in her work for their own obscure and crafty reasons. Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s work qualifies on both counts. She is shamefully underexposed in this era of literary hype and she is unashamedly literary in her concerns.
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“A master of the short story gives us a clearer view of Ireland down the ages”
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“It’s among the most powerful and funny American novels I know.”
This review is part of Garner’s “American Beauties” column where he “writes about undersung American books of the past 75 years.”
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“The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside depicts with unwavering attention the life of his tarnished protagonist and his all-too-familiar nihilist tendencies.”
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“Scar is, in its oddities — including how very much it is not your typical stalker-type novel — an intriguing work.”
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The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside is exceptionally well done, a novel that seems to meander almost aimlessly along with its self-indulgent narrator yet is a tight and profound exploration of human hurt and intimate relationships. An impressive work.
Read the rest of Michael Orthofer’s thoughts online at the Complete Review website.