Published June 17, 2008
Hardcover, 304 pages
Both Sandra and I read this book for our book club and we shared some similar views on it.We also discovered a talented Irish writer! Here are our thoughts on it:
This is an incredible book on so many levels! And, true to form for an Irish tale, it is bittersweet. It’s the poignant story of 100-year-old Roseanne McNulty as she records the events of her life; it’s the story of Ireland during the 1920’s and 30’s amidst tremendous political upheavals; it’s the story of Roseanne’s psychiatrist, Dr. Grene as he mourns the death of his wife. It is all of this and much, much more! There are many sub-themes.
Roseanne is a happy person despite the circumstances of her life. She had a child of adultery whose whereabouts are unknown; her father may or may not have been murdered; her husband’s family along with the local priest, nullified her marriage (divorce was not allowed in Catholic Ireland) and committed Roseanne to the asylum. Does religious intolerance influence this treatment of Presbyterian Roseanne?