Sebastian Barry’s haunting story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, yet still marked by love, passion and hope.

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future. The psychiatric hospital where she's spent most of her adult life is preparing to close. In the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks for hours to her psychiatrist. 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, her story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character.

The Man Booker Prize 2008
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Faber & Faber
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Sebastian Barry

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Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Dublin.
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