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Summary

Annie Dunne and her cousin Sarah live and work on a small farm in a remote and beautiful part of Wicklow in late 1950s Ireland. 

All about them, a way of life is about to disappear. Like two old rooks, they hold to their life, cherishing everything. When Annie's nephew and his wife are set to go to London, their two small children are brought down to spend the summer with them. A summer of adventure, pain, delight and ultimately epiphany unfolds for both the children and their elderly caretakers.

©2002 Sebastian Barry (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Ireland in the 1950s

exquisitely evocative of Ireland in the 1950s with its background as part of the British Empire and it portrays the plight of of single women in rural Ireland

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how does this man do it?

another astonishing read, astonishing construction of a troubled little world, depicted so gently so beautifully with such fine brushstrokes. and such compassion and wisdom..

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Just wonderful

A story with characters that linger with you long after it has finished. Sebastian Barry has such insight into the minds and hearts of Annie Dunne and her cousin Sarah and writes with a gentle and tender touch.
The narration captures the accent and voices authentically.
Now to listen to many more by this author.
Thank you

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Tender but powerful

Sebastian Barry has an incredible way with words. He’s able to capture a time period and the voices of those who inhabit that space.

In this case, it’s a small family unit. Two female adults who have a backstory that’s revealed bit by bit. Their space is invaded by two young relatives who have their own difficulties and they challenge accepte norms.

It’s a slow paced read, character driven and it very much captures ruralIreland in the late 1950s. I loved the different viewpoints and the way the adults deal with the uncertainties created by the children. Moral boundaries stretched. Fascinating.