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Krisztina Kodó: Nora, the Invisible Woman, Mother, and Wife: A Book Review of Nora by Nuala O’Connor (2021)

Book review

DOI 10.51313/Freeside-2023-10

The present review introduces Nuala O’Connor’s fictional biography titled Nora, published in 2021. The work focuses on Nora Barnacle’s relationship and marriage with James Joyce, the famous Irish author of Ulysses. Nora was the invisible woman, mother and wife who loved and supported Joyce, the great genius. The novel illustrates how much Nora was an essential part of his life and existence. Nuala O’Connor in her work brings Nora into the limelight and presents a courageous woman with a distinctive and convincing voice. The book is not a biography but a fictional biography that offers the reader a greater in-depth view of Nora’s and Jim’s extraordinary relationship and journey together throughout their self-chosen exile beyond Ireland.