Oona Frawley's début novel, Flight (Tramp Press), addressed issues such as identity, memory, racism and post- colonial politics in modern Ireland, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Following Flight’s publication, the Guardian named her as one of the ‘stars of post-crash Irish fiction’. She is currently finishing a novel set in 1960s Arizona and New Mexico, as well as a novella set in New York, for publication in 2018/19.
Questions of memory, belonging and place are the hallmarks of Oona's work as both fiction writer and teacher, emanating from her deep sensitivity to human fears, hopes, endeavours and frustrations. Having travelled extensively and having lived in several countries, Oona is particularly interested in the impact of places and homes on our lives and fiction.
Critics have applauded her ability to sustain a powerful and affecting narrative across these topics while drawing the reader into the unique personalities of the individual characters.
Born in New York to Irish parents (both of them actors), Oona teaches at Maynooth University, where she is a key figure in ongoing Irish memory studies projects. In addition to Flight, Oona's books include Irish Pastoral, which explores the presence of landscape and the role of nostalgia in modern Irish literature. She is the editor of the four-volume Memory Ireland series, acclaimed for its consideration of the role of memory in Irish culture. She has also published two volumes on James Joyce. Her fiction has been published in the United States and Ireland and has been nominated for a Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing and an Irish Book Award, among others.