, set in Iris Murdoch's native city of Dublin in the 1950s, tells the story of independent-minded Yvonne, nearly too old to be a bride, who continues to believe there is more to life than marriage to Sam, the dutiful Jewish man who is courting her. Living at home with an overbearing mother whose fantasy world is rekindled by the visit of a Christmas card salesman, and a stern uncle who fears he will have to support her, Yvonne comes to the painful realization that she can no longer maintain the balance between her bold spirit and the impending truths of a forestalled adulthood.
First published in Winter's Tales No. 3 in 1957. Also published in Japan in 1959 in an English language textbook with Japanese annotations.
Published in 2000 in book form with illustrations by Michael McCurdy
Original title: Something Special
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction