The Edge of Sadness

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The Edge of Sadness
First edition
AuthorEdwin O'Connor
CountryUnited States
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

The Edge of Sadness is a novel by the American author Edwin O'Connor. It was published in 1961 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962. The story is about a middle-aged Catholic priest in New England.


This drama revolves around Father Hugh Kennedy, a recovering alcoholic. In the beginning of the story Kennedy has returned to his home town (an unnamed New England seaport city that is the seat of a bishop, rather than an archbishop; it thus most closely corresponds with O'Connor's own birthplace of Providence, RI) to try to mend his professional career as a priest. He becomes involved again with the Carmodys, a wealthy family whose ancestry, like his own, is Irish and whom he has known since childhood. The story that unfolds is a tale of long hidden emotion and longing. It deals with friendship and loneliness, spirituality, and newfound hope.[1]

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  1. ^ O'Connor, Edwin (2005). The Edge of Sadness. ISBN 0829421238.