An epic story of family, love, and unavoidable tragedy from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist.
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, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges 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 and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.
About the Author
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. He has written numerous plays as well as novels. These novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998), Annie Dunne (2002), A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008). He has won, among other awards, the Irish-America Fund Literary Award, the London Critics Circle Award and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize. A Long Long Way, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin International Impac Prize, was the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2007. The Secret Scripture was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year Award. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th February 2009
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1