Nearing her one hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene. This relationship, guarded but trusting after so many years, ...
Nearing her one hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene. This relationship, guarded but trusting after so many years, intensifies and complicates as Dr Grene mourns the death of his wife. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges - of Roseanne's family in 1930s Sligo - is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character. Exquisitely written, it is also the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.
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In Ireland100-year old woman secretly writes the story of her life focusing on the "troubles" of the 1930s, the misunderstandings, deception and betrayal. One reviewer called it a "twisted fairy tale," and this examination of slippery memory involves roses and thorns and instead of a wicked fairy a deceptive priest, a unconscious quest and instead of sleep confinement in an asylum.
Dec 3, 2009
An ingeniously-woven story of perception versus reality, caring versus callousness, and a startling ending that is wonderful. Masterfully written, as usual, by Sebastian Barry.
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