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Publisher's Summary

Paula Spencer is a 39-year-old working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. Paula recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her feeling powerless.
©1996 Roddy Doyle; (P)2008 Penguin
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"A perception that is rare [and] a compassion that is scorching." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Cariola on 09-06-08

Very Interesting

But not a light read/listen. It seems wrong to say I "enjoyed" the book because of its sad subject matter: spousal abuse. Instead, I'll say that it engaged me. Some may think it odd for a man to create such a narrator, but Doyle succeeds with his sensitive hand, making Paula realistic and empathetic. The reader was just right. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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By JLC on 03-14-15

Harrowing and wonderful

Roddy Doyle captures the painful reality of domestic violence ... and the audio just adds to the power of this book!

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