Her tendency to repeatedly explain the origins, impulses and shackles of her alcoholism have the same effect.No doubt her drinking thwarts her attempts at normality, but it can be difficult to relay such a situation sympathetically.Her estranged father died when she was five; her beloved brother Andrew killed himself when Eva was a teenager.Returning home to Dublin from New York after 11 years, Eva contemplates how alone she is: “Orphaned at 37.From Dublin, Finn was educated at UCD with a degree in English and Spanish and a masters in education.
We did it for a little while and we were like ' Good, we are married' and we actually started liking each other and we actually started dating.
It sleeps so soundly that I can forget it’s there.” Bequeathed the house in Ranelagh, along with a great-aunt in an adjoining flat, Eva decides to take a sabbatical from her job at NYU and face up to the past.
The opening chapters are promising as they clearly lay out Eva’s situation.
And love, in all its manifestations, has galloped away.” Eva is doing her best to bury her own life.
An acclaimed poet, a university lecturer and an alcoholic, she has given up on writing and drinks to escape: “The dark thing in me appals me.
It is a welcome respite from her thoughts on neglect, suicide and alcoholism.