From the Booker Prize-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha comes a heartrending and beautifully written novel of a woman emerging from an abusive marriage. "A mixture of spirit and grief . . . a painful and beautiful story, a tale where the sadness and despair are redeemed because they are never denied".--San ...
From the Booker Prize-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha comes a heartrending and beautifully written novel of a woman emerging from an abusive marriage. "A mixture of spirit and grief . . . a painful and beautiful story, a tale where the sadness and despair are redeemed because they are never denied".--San Francisco Chronicle.
Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED/inscribed/dated by the author on title page. 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Dust jacket is price-clipped. As new except for mild sunning to dust jacket spine. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 240 p. Audience: General/trade. By the Booker Prize-winning author of 'The Commitments' and 'A Star Called Henry'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Acceptable. No Dust Jacket. Used. By Author Softcover. Signed by Roddy Doyle on title page. Edge-worn and rather faded covers. Small tear to lower inner corner of front cover. Spine and leading corners are worn and rubbed; leading corners are also quite dog-eared. Pages block and pages are rather sunned. Small, light yellow stain on page block face. Binding is sound and pages are tight throughout. Text is clear. AF.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-01-22 In Ireland, the euphemism "she walked into a door" is so loaded with grim implications of domestic abuse that it is usually whispered, not spoken. In this astonishing new work from Doyle (whose most recent novel, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, won the 1993 Booker Prize), Dublin housewife and mother Paula Spencer narrates her life as a spouse who walks into doors. Hopelessly in love with heavy drinker and relentless sadist Charlo, Paula is gradually engulfed in psychic darkness, every last particle of self-esteem literally beaten out of her. The devastation of her world is made even more wrenching by her chatty, captivating storytelling, flush with Doyle's knack for Dublin humor, vernacular and local color. With this book, Doyle attains a new level of excellence. He writes about a woman's experience with a perception that is rare, a compassion that is scorching and an uncompromising frankness that splinters his heroine's suffering directly into the reader's heart. Doyle triumphs here, with a tough-minded but deeply moving exploration of a wretched marriage, a microcosm of a pervasive situation in Ireland that few will acknowledge. Simultaneous audio edition from Penguin Audiobooks. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-12-09 Doyle's novel about a battered, working-class woman, PW wrote in a starred review, displays "a perception that is rare [and] a compassion that is scorching." (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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