This summer I’ve discovered a surprising collection of short stories: The spring of Affection by Maeve Brennan. Since I love Irish literature, I couldn’t but be inspired by this writer. As you can see in this post, there is the picture of the Italian edition. Anyway, both the English and Italian edition have a beautiful picture of Maeve Brennan (1917-1993). She was a very beautiful, elegant Irish writer and journalist. Though she spent the most part of her life in United States with a along career as a staff writer at the New Yorker, Ireland remains the setting of her stories.
The Springs of Affection comprises three sets of stories. The first series would appear to be genuinely autobiographical; they are told in the first person and revolve around a child named Maeve. The second and third series concern two married couples: Hubert and Rose Derdon and their son, John and then Martin and Delia Bagot and their two small daughters, Lily and Margaret. Then it continues on after the Begot’s death, with Martin’s 87-year old maiden twin sister, Min, in the story from which the collection takes its title.
The spring of Affection is well summed up in the words of William Maxwell, Brennan’s longtime editor at the New Yorker: “As as a study of one kind of unhappy marriage “. They are all stories about unhappy marriages, about men and women who live together but feel distant and imprisoned in their houses. Continue reading