Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who is barely scraping by in the world: she is crippled by the prejudices of her genteel Belfast upbringing; she lives off a dwindling annuity; she --for lack of other options-- reluctantly accepts the advances of her landlady's brother.
Judith's only respite is in her secret life, one that nobody suspects until circumstances force her to loosen her grasp on respectability in a spectacular act of a seemingly ordinary woman confronting the limitations of her own life real, relatable, and haunting.
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature and established him as an astute chronicler of the human soul.
Brian Moore was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1921. He first emigrated to Canada and later to California. During his lifetime, he wrote many novels including: Black Robe, Catholics, and The Statement. He also received many accomplishments for his work, such as being short-listed for the Booker Prize three time and five of his novels being made into motion pictures, including The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, staring Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. Brian died in 1999 at the age of 77.