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Becoming Mary Mehan: The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan; Mary Mehan Awake (Readers Circle) Kindle Edition
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Mary Mehan Awake takes up Mary's story after the war when, much like the broken country, Mary must begin a journey of emotional and physical renewal. Of this book, The Horn Book Magazine said, "The story unfolds effortlessly and richly. It's The Secret Garden for an older audience, with friendship and nature gratifyingly providing healing and wholeness."
This new Readers' Circle edition includes an interview with the author discussing her ideas about how history is remembered and recorded, and the obligations and opportunities of the historical novelist. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 558 KB
- Publication date : August 27, 2002
- Print length : 320 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Laurel Leaf (August 27, 2002)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B000QCS9M8
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The first part, "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", tells of an Irish immigrant girl with her brother caught up in the Civil war and her father losing his mind. She is the one making the living working in a bar in the Irish slums of Washington D.C. She waits for her dear brother to return from the war...but when he doesn't she is broken. Her only choice is to turn to help the wounded in war.
This first novel leaves you sad and feeling sorry for Mairhe and at times I had put this book down because it was dragging a little.
But the second novel, "Mary Mehan Awake", is superb. This one I couldn't even stop to eat until I had read the entire thing. This is where, told not in her point of view as the first was, told in a narrative form. And as the author puts it, "I knew she could not narrate the sequel because sleepwalkers cannot narrate stories." The war has cut her deeply and she seeks refuge in New York, a pleasant setting compared to the bloody soldiers in Washington D.C. Here she works as a servant in a household. But it's a great place where she even finds someone to help her become awake again.
This is an amazing story with even a more amazing ending. It will leave you happy and contented, just like Mary.