The Rose Garden: Short Stories

The Rose Garden: Short Stories

Maeve Brennan / Dec 13, 2019

The Rose Garden Short Stories Reading Maeve Brennan is like watching a master jeweler construct a ticking watch from an array of tiny inanimate parts Linda Barrett Osborne New York Times Book ReviewSo good that I kept putting th

  • Title: The Rose Garden: Short Stories
  • Author: Maeve Brennan
  • ISBN: 9781582431192
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reading Maeve Brennan is like watching a master jeweler construct a ticking watch from an array of tiny, inanimate parts Linda Barrett Osborne, New York Times Book ReviewSo good that I kept putting the book down to savor a description or perfect phrase, to hug myself with malicious joy, and to put off the evil hour when the stories would be done Katherine A Powers, BoReading Maeve Brennan is like watching a master jeweler construct a ticking watch from an array of tiny, inanimate parts Linda Barrett Osborne, New York Times Book ReviewSo good that I kept putting the book down to savor a description or perfect phrase, to hug myself with malicious joy, and to put off the evil hour when the stories would be done Katherine A Powers, Boston Sunday GlobeWhen The Springs of Affection was published in 1997, the poet Eamon Grennan called it a classic, a book that placed Maeve Brennan among the best Irish short story writers since Joyce The Rose Garden gathers the rest of her short fiction, some of it set in her native Dublin but most of it in and around her adopted Manhattan The riches here are many, but the collection s centerpiece is a suite of satirical scenes from suburban life, stories a little meaner than Cheever s, and wittier than Updike s Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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      • Maeve Brennan

        Maeve Brennan January 6, 1917 1993 was an Irish short story writer and journalist She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published from


    1. "They were marked for life by their ravenous hopes," writes the sublime Brennan (1917-93). "They had the glittering, exploring eyes of people who have never learned to control their dreams." This most personal story ("The Bohemians") details in 12 eloquent, restrained pages (that would take most novelists 500) the story of a couple with one child who reflects as an adult, last line, "Things had not turned out as he expected. It is a hard thing for a person to be left alone in the world--" Brenna [...]

    2. But I opened my eyes too suddenly, for no reason at all, and the beach at East Hampton has vanished, along with Bluebell and the cats, all of them dead for years now. The Turkish towel is in reality the white nubbly counterpane of the bed I am lying in, and the cool ocean breeze is being provided by the blessed air conditioner. It is ninety-three degrees outside - a terrible day in New York City. So much for my daydream of sand and sea and roses. The daydream was, after all, only a mild attack o [...]

    3. Lovely short stories! I have never heard of Maeve Brennan before but look forward to reading more of her work soon.

    4. So good. These past two months I would read one short story from the collection every time I got stuck in revisions - or every time I was being lazy / didn't feel like it / was terrified I didn't actually know how to write - and it would make me want to get back to work and learn to be a betterD NOW I HAVE NO MORE MAEVE BRENNAN STORIES, HOW SHALL I HYPE MYSELF?Ah well.Most of the stories are set in and around Manhattan in the 40's and 50's. Some are set in Ireland. Some are funny, bubbly, upper- [...]

    5. These stories were really wonderful. I enjoyed this book much more than the previous collection I read, Springs of Affection, in part because of the greater scope and greater opportunity for Brennan to express her talents. The twenty stories are divided subtly four groups, geographic rather than chronologic. The first are all centred around an enclave called Herbert's Retreat (based on the real-life Sneed's Landing in lower Westchester Co some thirty miles north of New York City). These are biti [...]

    6. I enjoyed the rich descriptions. Example: "The little house was very quiet. Buttoned up in its diamonds with its shingled roof pulled down about its ears and its left shoulder turned to the ocean, the house seemed to enjoy the summer sun cautiously, as though it knew it wasn't a summer house"

    7. Brennan's work is a romantic blade the combines both art and precision. My delight in reading The Rose Garden's short stories was routinely perforated with lowering the book and sinking into myself simply to appreciate and awe over the poetic perfection she achieved in her descriptions that imparts to me a sense of being so simplistically right. Her diction was filled with truths that were, once stated, hearteningly accurate.It's to my uncertainty that I cannot decide whether to consider the boo [...]

    8. Maeve Brennan is a master of short stories. All in all, this was not my favorite collection (herSprings of Affectionis much better, in my opinion, but it was still an enjoyable read. Brennan's prose is breathtakingly beautiful in parts, and there are several excellent reflections on topics ranging from the role and place of women, to emigration and immigration, to class boundaries and socioeconomic divisions. Perhaps not a MUST read, but certainly a very entertaining experience.Rating: 3 stars

    9. Wish there were a way to note which of the short stories in a collection you've read, but barring that I'll say that reading this gave me a lot of insight into how I might construct a short story myself. I used to read a lot more short stories in high school and do so very rarely now. "I See You, Bianca" has been my favourite of what I've read and I wish I could keep a little copy of that on hand just for whenever I want it.

    10. Amazing stories. No one (in my opinion) gets in to the heads of dogs and cats better--to paraphrase, dogs look at their people and say, "I choose you," while cats sit apart and say, "I choose myself." Her stories set in Ireland are also marvelous--her characters are realistically and beautifully painted.

    11. This is a collection of short stories from New York in the 1940s and 50s. Some of the stories are sad because knowing her life story I think that the feeling of being an outsider and not belonging is something that Maeve may have struggled with.

    12. A great mix of stories. The stories set in downtown New York are superb but the ones set in Herbert's Retreat are deeply cynical and negative. The final few stories are beautifully told with a lovely wistful tone. It's all the sadder that they are some of the last fiction she wrote.

    13. An excellent collection, simultaneously acerbic and tender. The stories set among the bickering inhabitants of an artist’s community outside of New York City are especially strong, and to my mind more arresting than the rather gentle, heartsick stories set in Brennan’s native Dublin.

    14. Brennan's later work, more of a social commentary of the elite lifestyle she witnessed and the trouble of relying on appearances in relationships.

    15. My favorites were the stories in the first section, very witty and those in the last - mainly of the dog Bluebell. Really lovely, thought provoking style.

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