The Irish Quarter: A Celebration of the Irish Short Story
March 11 to July 1
1917 to 1993
A Truly Great Writer
Please consider joining us for this event. Everything you need to participate is in the resources page, including links to 1000s of short stories, from brand new ones to stories now in the public domain. Guests posts are also welcome.
Prize offered by John Walsh, author of Border Lines-A free copy to a participant in the event. Just send me an e mail if you wish to be entered in the drawing.
Brennan's life should have been a fairy tale of one happy and exciting day followed by another. It was not.
During Irish Short Story Week Year Two on March 19, 2001 I posted on Maeve Brennan's wonderful short story "Christmas Eve". (There is a link in this post where you can listen to a podcast of the story, the reader is Roddy Doyle.) I liked that story but I totally love "I See You, Bianca". If you love cats, and I hate to say this, but Maeve Brennan was a cat of a woman and for me this is a very high praise and I think lovers of Brennan will get it, you are going to love this story. It is just so beautiful, yet it does not care whether you like it or not.
I read the story in Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker Magazine. As far as I know, it cannot be read online. It also appears in a posthumous collection of her short stories, The Rose Garden. The story is narrated by a woman living in a New York City brownstone apartment. She starts out by talking about her feelings about New York City. She tells us about the apartment which she makes totally real for us with her wonderful descriptive power. The story turns magic when she begins talking about her cat, Bianca. Maybe Brennan has reached a point already where she prefers the company of cats to people, I can sometimes relate, but she totally captures the essence of catness in this story.
I have not told much of the plot of this story. This is in part as I do not want to spoil the story for others and also I know most will not be able to read the story.
This post is more a tribute to Brennan than an attempt to analyse the story.
Please share your experience with Brennan with us.