Nominated by:

Galway City & County Libraries, Ireland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin Books, USA

Miss Emily

Nuala O'Connor    

Miss Emily, reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family’s Irish maid.

Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. But Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Nuala O’Conner has worked as a bookseller, a librarian, and in a writers’ center. She lives in East Galway, Ireland, with her husband and three children.

Librarian’s Comments

Galway Library staff picks – beautifully written and utterly compelling…

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