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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Starry Night Press (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978357000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978357009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,330,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A long time ago someone, referring to the long conflict in Northern Ireland, asked me the question 'The Irish, do they even know what they are fighting about?" These books are my answer to that question.

Ireland is one of the grand passions of my life, writing is another, so when the time came to get serious about my life's work the two things were a very natural fit. I wanted to tell the story of Northern Ireland though, and for whatever reason it was the modern era of the Troubles that called to me most strongly. The characters have been with me for a long time, and feel like family to me now. A reader once said to me that these characters felt so real to her that she was certain they had existed somewhere, some time and had chosen me to tell their story. I often feel that way myself, I just get out of the way and let them tell their story through me.

These books are Irish history, yes, but they are also the story of people who live inside that history, with all the foibles of humanity--love, hate, revenge, joy and sorrow. They are the story of marriages, friendships and lives lived out under the weight of an extraordinary history in an extraordinary country.

Welcome to the world of James Kirkpatrick, the Riordan brothers and Pamela O'Flaherty as well as a cast of dozens, including gypsies and Jesuits, courtesans and spies, politicians and poets, rebels and raconteurs. Welcome to the world of the Exit Unicorns series, I hope you will enjoy the journey.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine A. Pontious on July 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Better not plan anything for a day or two ~ you won't be able to put this one down long enough to accomplish anything else. Our favorite people from Brandner's first novel, 'Exit Unicorns,' have returned to seize all our attention from first page to last. The story begins in Boston, but its central character, Ireland, is again at its core. Be prepared to experience every emotion. Intrigue, tested loyalties, passion, sacrifice, tragedy, beauty, mistrust, forgiveness ~ they're all there plus a lot more. A thread of Irish history is expertly woven within the rich storyline. Every character is complex and fascinating. I recommend reading 'Exit Unicorns' first to fully appreciate the characters' growth in 'Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears.' You will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By myself... on July 11, 2007
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If you read Exit Unicorns, you are probably already reading Mermaid. If you didn't, just buy them both at once. I'm about 3/4 way through and I keep telling myself to slow down and savor it. It's going to be over and I will be lost - again. Like Unicorns, it's one of those books that you "live" while you read it and truly feel a loss when it's over, as if part of what you have become was suddenly taken from you. Anyway, yeah I'm likin' it - could you tell? I LOVE to get a dose of history wrapped up in a story that keeps me enthralled. I could never read non-fiction with any enthusiasm so I am so appreciative of authors who can educate me without my knowing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By denise on July 18, 2007
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Thank goodness! The sequel to "Exit Unicorns" is finally here! I have missed the characters of Jamie, Pamela, Casey and Pat as one misses dear friends who are out of touch for many years. The story begins in Boston where Pamela and Casey try to forge a new life for themselves away from the violence and corruption of Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, their new situation is not an improvement and they return to Belfast hoping to stay clear of the political conflicts rife in Casey's homeland. Casey's brother, Pat, continues to look for peaceful solutions to Ireland's injustices under impossible circumstances. And Jamie, my favourite, maintains his undying love for Pamela, which honour tests thoroughly. I'm so happy to finally revisit these characters, which are believable and entirely engrossing. The historical detail is accurate and gives an immediacy to this story of love, honour, sacrifice and hope for a better future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James And Lanette Raugust on July 17, 2007
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While this is the sequel to Brandner's novel 'Exit Unicorns', this book only creates more tension and drama to the core of the continuing story. Sequels to favorite stories have disappointed in the past but I can say with all honesty that 'Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears' delivers even more depth, love, friendship, betrayal, and heartbreak. Yes, I shed more than a few tears but Mrs. Brandner's characters literally jumped off the pages and into my heart. That's the kind of story-teller she is and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a story filled with passion and complexity. I cannot wait to read more from this talented author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane M. Hill on July 27, 2007
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As a sequel, I got all of the things I loved best about Exit Unicorns and much, much more. Simply put, this is the story of families trying to live and love in very turbulent and unpredictable times. Ms. Brander creates characters that are so incredibly real that you laugh, cry and grow along side of them. Quite often I will just pick up her books, randomly open to a page and begin reading as her writing is just pure enjoyment. The passion, the drama, the humor and the history embody everything I love about reading. And you will too. Buy both books....you'll be happy you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. Fooks on July 20, 2007
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This book, like its prequel, Exit Unicorns, is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, you will follow, and feel, the lives of Casey, Pamela, Pat and Jamie during the "Irish Troubles" of the 1960s. Expertly interwoven in the story is the history of Ireland and the cause of the troubles that Ms. Bradner's characters strive to survive.

Your heart will race, the laughter will bubble forth and the tears will flow...and by the time you turn the last page, you will be ready to turn around and start all over again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nalana M. Lillie on July 21, 2007
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This is an amazing book! There were times I felt like I was reading about my own life. Ms. Brandner has insight to the human condition and relationships of every kind. That insight is presented in scenes that touch the heart. She also portrays the issues of Northern Ireland in a way that hits home and you feel as if you were right there. I loved reading about Casey, Pamela, Jamie, Pat and a whole new cast of great characters.

If you haven't read Exit Unicorns, buy both right now! You won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Smith on July 19, 2007
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I just finished reading this book yesterday and its one of those books where you heave a huge sigh as it has so caught you up inside it. It is awful and terrible and bloody brilliant! Ms Brandner must be channelling this story from somewhere in the universal spirit world or something as it is so compelling!
I am a retired teacher/librarian and have had to read many many books and this was such a joy to have in my hands with all those feelings of expectation, to have the sequel to Exit Unicorns, albeit with some trepidation because I know a bit about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Only from the outside, Thank God, as I am from the West of Scotland originally and now have lived in Western Australia for the last 35 years. I have a Protestant Northern Ireland grandmother and my husband has a Catholic grandmother from County Galway.

The first question a West of Scotland person used to ask at a dance was "What school did you go to?" as this was how you found out what religion the other person was. And the answer would determine whether the evening would progress or not with the other person according to what that answer was. A whole sub-culture that only people born and bred there can know and understand about those nuances.
I look forward to the possibilty of a third boook about the fascinating characters in this "great read" book.
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