Brian Moore

Book review: 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor

Book review: 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor — brother of Sinéad O'Connor — published his first novel, "Cowboys and Indians," in 1991 and immediately saw it shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. Since then O'Connor has published a series of novels, including "Star of the Sea," which was awarded France's Prix Millepages and Italy's Premio Acerbi. O'Connor's most recent novel, "Ghost Light," adds to this impressive résumé and signals the end of a 10-year project to write three books set in "forgotten corners of the Irish past."

This particular venture into Ireland's past features Molly Allgood (stage name, Maire O'Neill), who was engaged to...