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, ...Read MoreNearing 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.Read Less
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) 0670019402 First Print. Signed by the author on the title page. NOT inscribed, clipped or otherwise marked. Dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Complete # line 10987654321.
New. Book. Signed by Author(s) First UK Proof Edition, First Printing. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with the number "1" to the copyright page to indicate a true first print. Booker shortlisted 2008. Costa Book of The Year and James Tait Black Memorial Award. Signed by Sebastian Barry to the title page.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Inscribed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Inscribed by barry on the title page. "for dear Howard from Sebastian Barry 2008." Beginning page toning as common for this title and slight spinecocking. Near Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with an arcival cover. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Very fine in like dj. First Edition. A Novel. Signed by Barry on the title page. Latest novel by the author of A LONG LONG WAY, ANNIE DUNNE, and others. First edition, first printing with "First published in 2008 by Faber and Faber Limited" and full number line on copyright page. Winner of the 2008 James Tait Black Fiction Award. Also on the Booker shortlist for 2008. 8vo boards.
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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