The Magdalen Girls

By | March 23, 2018
The Magdalen Girls Author V.S. Alexander
ISBN-10 1496706129
ISBN-13 9781496706126
Year 2016-12-27
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Kensington
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Dublin 1962 Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the citys Magdalen Laundries Once places of refuge the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses Some inmates are fallen womenunwed mothers prostitutes or petty criminals Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty too independent or tempting the wrong man Among them is sixteen year old Teagan Tiernan sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat Stripped of their freedom and dignity the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world The Mother Superior Sister Anne who has secrets of her own inflicts cruel dehumanizing punishmentsbut always in the name of love Finally Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea who helps them endureand plot an escape But as they will discover the outside world has dangers too especially for young women with soiled reputations Told with candor compassion and vivid historical detail The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the eras notorious institutionsand an inspiring story of friendship hope and unyielding courage

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