TITLE: WHOREDOM IN KIMMAGE
AUTHOR: ROSEMARY MAHONEY
PUBLISHER: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN; 307
THE BOTTOM LINE: Stories of Ireland today are recorded in vivid detail.
The Boston-born author of this quirky, observant chronicle spent her 17th summer on Martha's Vineyard, working as a domestic for Lillian Hellman. The playwright, who by many accounts was a world-class harridan, once told a friend in her employee's hearing, "Well, I see the little Irish girl has set out the wrong dinner plates again." Mahoney's reaction was classic. "The remark -- which amounted to an epithet -- conjured images of a feckless, carrot-topped rustic with...