Female Irish Authors to Read this March

by Public Service Associate Juliana

I have been in love with Ireland ever since I was little and believed in fairies. Does that explain why I gravitate toward Irish writers? It seemed like a fairy trick last year when I’d start reading a novel and realize, “Another Irish author! How interesting!”

This month, in the spirit of celebrating Irish history and culture, it feels quite appropriate to highlight a few titles within this trend.

The Wren, the Wren by Anne Enright | Book

Within the first few pages, I found myself looking for other Enright titles available at the library, already wanting to read more. I’m the type of reader who likes books that are less plot-oriented and more vibe-oriented, books that are character-driven but leisurely-paced and full of everyday experiences. The Wren, the Wren pulled me right in.

The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue | Book / Libby

I was impressed by this one. It’s considered “relationship fiction”, and I’d expected love and humor (it really is quite funny!), but I hadn’t expected it to navigate such serious reproductive healthcare issues in such an engaging and thoughtful way. I found myself drawing comparisons with Annie Ernaux’s powerfully moving memoir, Happening, with similar subject matter. 

Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan | Book / Libby

I read this novel when I was sick, and it gleams in my brain like a fever dream. The main character’s obsessions are so keen that I still find myself thinking about her, like when I floss, or when I’m looking for something to do and think, “Let’s just get apples and walk around.” (In fact, I discovered the Kindle edition by Vintage Digital actually features an apple on the cover!)

Stumble upon these Irish reads and more at Bexley Public Library!