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Roisin's Song Paperback – December 26, 2014
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O'Farrell is a sure writer, sketching the details of the time and place vividly. The stark contrasts of Roisin's experiences ... are delivered in spare, heart-rending prose ... fully drawn characters.
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About the Author
Irish author Ann O’Farrell spent many years as a drama therapist, and as a theater set and costume designer, before retiring to Florida and becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of four previous Irish historical novels, and holds an MA from Trinity College, Dublin.
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The art of telling a story - this story - was evident immediately. It was a time travel narrative to a time and place we had heard about only in a vague sense. An Ireland of poverty and prayer and sometimes redemption. In Roisin's Song it became real. The glossary richly enhanced the sory. Who wouldn't want to be called "mavourneen" instead of "my darling". A young girl (known as a "culchie" - Irish for "hick") "makes a mistake". In her innocence she wants a better life but the restrictions placed on her, including arranged marriage attempts result in a seduction in the very place her father has forbidden her and her siblings to see. The seashore. Her shame is quickly moved to a far away place - a city - in which the Magdalen laundry becomes the instrument of her growing up. This notorious entity whose impact had been concealed for years, goes on trial in this book. To read this book is to be transpsorted to another time and place where hope finally flowers slowly...due to Roison's personal will to survive. Best of all is the sly unexpected twist at the end. No. I am not going to tell. No on can anticipate the ending.
Joyce Milne D'Auria, Author.
I have read Ann O'Farrell's Nora's Children trilogy and loved it too.