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.
This relationship, guarded but trusting after so many years, intensifies
and complicates as Dr Grene mourns the death of his wife. Told
through their respective journals, 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,
Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's
changing character. Exquisitely written, it is also the story of a life
blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by
love and passion and hope.
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