THE MAGDALEN GIRLS

THE MAGDALEN GIRLS

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Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city's Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are "fallen" women--unwed 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 punishments--but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure--and 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 era's notorious institutions--and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.
ISBN: 9781496706126
Branch Call Number: PB FICTION ALE

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jericho_0
Nov 13, 2017

I couldn't put the book down. I was so wanting things to turn out well for these girls. It is disturbing to know that girls were really treated this way.

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Butterflymoon1970
Mar 02, 2017

I found this book interesting, though occasionally hard to follow as it jumps back and forth between the present and the past. I had read non-fiction books about the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, which is what led me to read this book. It is definitely geared toward people who have an interest in the Laundries. The Laundries, in general, were brutal places. I think that is downplayed a bit in this book, but it does give an idea of what the people who lived through it may have been feeling.

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abcDena
Feb 20, 2017

Not my cup of coffee.

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May 27, 2017

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