This book draws you into the disturbing world of a young woman in western Ireland, in the early part of the last century.  It touches on Irish history, catholic priest culpability, women's lack of rights, and early psychiatric procedures.  It also makes interesting observations about memory and family.  I read it at the same time as Margaret Atwood's "Blind Assassin",  a complementary story of a young woman from a well-off family who ended up in a situation no better-off than Barry's female lead.

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Congratulations to Sharon McGann, who wrote this review.  Sharon was a winner in the "Read, Review & Win" summer reading program.



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