Saints and Sinners (short story collection)

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Saints and Sinners is a short story collection by Edna O'Brien. Faber and Faber published it in 2011.

The collection includes the O'Brien story "Sinners" in which a lonely widow running an isolated rural bed and breakfast overhears the sexual antics of a man, woman and teenage girl who on arrival claim to be couple and daughter - "Then came the exclamations, the three pitches of sound so different -- the woman's loud and gloating, the girl's, helpless, as if she were almost crying, and the man, like a jackass down the woods with his lady loves."[1]

Saints and Sinners won the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.[2]


  1. ^ Shine Thompson, Mary (5 February 2011). "Review: Saints and Sinners by Edna O'Brien". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Edna O'Brien wins Frank O'Connor Award". Irish Examiner. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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