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The Edge of Sadness
First edition
Author "Edwin O'Connor
Country United States
Language English
Publisher "Little, Brown
Publication date
Media type Print (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, who is 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. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Sadness-Loyola-Classics/dp/0829421238

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