An Answer from Limbo

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An Answer from Limbo
First edition
Author Brian Moore
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Atlantic/ Little, Brown
Publication date

An Answer from Limbo is a novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore, published in 1962 when he was living in New York.


The central character in the book is Brendan Tierney, a young Irish writer living in New York City with his American wife and their two children. Tierney is working on his first novel. For him to write full-time, his wife must work; he invites his widowed mother over from Ireland to look after the children. Conflicts arise when the mother finds that her own lifestyle, values and sense of morality are at odds with what she sees in her son and daughter-in-law's home.

Robert Fulford, writing in Canada's The Globe and Mail, describes it as "a dazzlingly good story about a young novelist's angry need to write a masterpiece".[1]

According to Denis Sampson it is "a novel about marital dissatisfaction that develops into a moral fable because the dilemmas in which these characters find themselves mirror a society in spiritual and cultural crisis".[2]


  1. ^ Fulford, Robert (12 January 1999). "Brian Moore: A writer who never failed to surprise his readers". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Sampson, Denis. Brian Moore: The Chameleon Novelist Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1998, p. 14

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