Irish Writer O’Connor and the Strange Music of Unhappy Families

Irish author Joseph O'Connor attends the Festival of Literature in Rome on June 5th, 2008.  O'Connor has recently been made a literary ambassador for Ireland. (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
Irish author Joseph O'Connor attends the Festival of Literature in Rome on June 5th, 2008. O'Connor has recently been made a literary ambassador for Ireland. (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

When the Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor reads his books aloud he almost sings them. Like his sister, the singer Sinead O’Connor, he is forever searching...

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