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Joyride to Jupiter

Joyride to Jupiter


‘A gifted and ambitious artist’ – Mike McCormack

A heartbroken man deals with his wife’s Alzheimer’s as best he can. The Jesus of O’Connell Street reflects on his situation, which isn’t half bad. A too-young girl witnesses her father’s shocking infidelity. A quiet murder on a riverbank.

Imperfect lovers and unlikely friends thwart and bolster each other as they act out their dramas on the beaches of Brazil, in the bedrooms of Dublin, and in the wilds of North America. With prose both lyrical and profound, the award-winning Nuala O’Connor writes of maternal love and cross-generational friendship but here, also, are stories of ageing, suicide, and the buoyancy of new love.

In these urgent, humane stories of ill-advised couplings, loneliness and burgeoning hope, we find O’Connor’s trademark humour and sensuality, and the quest for longed-for truths.

A truly stunning collection by one of Ireland’s finest writers.


‘O’Connor’s language is clean and conscientious as well as poetic and lyrical … The collection exudes a quiet confidence and exercises the exemplary restraint of a seasoned writer who knows when to pull rather than push.’ – The Sunday Times 

‘O’Connor likes to tease our imaginations. Her narrators are not always reliable. She likes small incidents and sotto voces to scream from the page. Her shock tactics are coolly measured, clad in the quiet velvet of truly sumptuous prose, but they still pack a punch... Like a volume of rich poetry, this collection begs to be returned to, again and again.’ – Sunday Independent 

‘Blend of wry, caustic irreverence and meditative poignancy … The mix is just right: the internal monologues are exactly as long as they need to be; the humour is well-timed and effective. The dramatic moments … are rendered with unobtrusive deftness. O’Connor’s fourth novel is due out in 2018; if these skilfully crafted fictions are anything to go by, it will be one to look out for.’ – The Irish Times

‘By turns moving and complex, Joyride to Jupiter is a collection seemingly simple and clean on first taste, but that bursts with lyrical vim when swirled around the mouth.’ – Irish Independent

‘This is a book that can be picked up, again and again, with the certainty of pleasure. Highly recommended.’ – Bleach House Library


Praise for Nuala O’Connor

‘Carefully crafted fiction that gut-punches the reader with its honesty and emotion’ – Sunday Business Post

‘Nuala O’Connor’s luminous prose has long been one of Ireland’s most treasured literary secrets’ – Dermot Bolger

About the Author 

Nuala O’Connor (AKA Nuala Ní Chonchúir) was born in Dublin and lives in East Galway. A novelist, short story writer and poet, she is the author of three novels, including Miss Emily (Penguin USA/Canada, Sandstone (UK)), about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, five short story collections, and four collections of poetry. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Novel of the Year award at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, is published in 2018.



Nuala O’Connor


C-Formatt, PB





Release Date

April 2017

Additional Information

Weight .400 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .15 mm


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