The Secret Scripture
ISBN 9780143115694 | 320 pages | 28 Apr 2009 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Irish Novel of the Year
Tubridy Listeners' Choice Award
Costa Novel Award (formerly the Whitbread Award)
I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Award: Longlist 2009
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An epic story of family, love, and unavoidable tragedy from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist
Sebastian Barry 's novels have been hugely admired by readers and critics, and in 2005 his novel A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In The Secret Scripture, Barry revisits County Sligo, Ireland, the setting for his previous three books, to tell the unforgettable story of Roseanne McNulty. Once one of the most beguiling women in Sligo, she is now a resident of Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital and nearing her hundredth year. Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an engrossing tale of one woman's life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century.
Soon to be a film starring Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave.
-Dinitia Smith, The New York Times
" Barry recounts all this in prose of often startling beauty. Just as he describes people stopping in the street to look at Roseanne, so I often found myself stopping to look at the sentences he gave her, wanting to pause and copy them down."
-Margot Livesey, The Boston Globe
"Luminous and lyrical."
-O, The Oprah Magazine
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