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The Resource Orchid & the wasp, Caoilinn Hughes

Orchid & the wasp, Caoilinn Hughes

Label
Orchid & the wasp
Title
Orchid & the wasp
Statement of responsibility
Caoilinn Hughes
Title variation
Orchid and the wasp
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An unforgettable young woman navigates Dublin, London and New York, striving to build a life raft for her loved ones in the midst of economic and familial collapse. In this dazzlingly original debut novel, award-winning Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes introduces a heroine of mythic proportions in the form of one Gael Foess. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, Gael observes from a young age how a person's ambitions and ideals can be compromised. When Gael's financier father walks out during the economic crash of 2008, her family fractures. Her mother, a once-formidable orchestral conductor, becomes a shadow of her former self, and a tragic incident prevents her unwell brother Guthrie from finishing school. Determined not to let her loved ones fall victim to circumstance, Gael leaves Dublin for the leather-lined, coke-dusted social clubs of London, then Manhattan's gallery scene during the throes of the Occupy movement, always working an angle, but slowly becoming a stranger to those who know her. Written in electric, heart-stopping prose, Orchid & the Wasp is a novel about gigantic ambitions and social upheaval, chewing through sexuality, class, and politics, and crackling with joyful, anarchic fury. It challenges bootstraps morality, questioning what we owe one another and what we earn, what makes for a good life, and how events in our lives can turn us into people we never intended to be. A first novel of astonishing talent, Orchid & the Wasp announces Caoilinn Hughes as one of the most exciting literary writers working today
Summary
An iron-willed young woman comes of age while traveling through London, Dublin and New York to secure her dysfunctional family's future after the departure of her career-oriented father
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10677157
Cataloging source
YDX
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1985-
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Hughes, Caoilinn
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Young women
  • Families
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adult
Label
Orchid & the wasp, Caoilinn Hughes
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063678519
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781786073655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1012763629
Label
Orchid & the wasp, Caoilinn Hughes
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063678519
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781786073655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1012763629

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