Heller McAlpin Heller McAlpin is a New York-based critic who reviews books regularly for NPR.org,The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

Edna O'Brien is pictured here with her husband, the writer Ernest Gebler, in London in 1959. O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published a year later. Edna O'Brien/Little, Brown and Co. hide caption

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One Of Ireland's Greatest Writers Looks Back On Eight Decades

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Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont. Kenneth Noland/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Ian McEwan's other books include Solar, For You and On Chesil Beach. Eamonn McCabe/Courtesy of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday hide caption

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