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Paula Spencer (2006)
by Roddy Doyle
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670038164, Hardcover)Ten years after the bestselling The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Roddy Doyle resurrects one of his greatest characters
When Roddy Doyle published The Woman Who Walked into Doors in 1996, critics and readers alike hailed it as a tour de force of literary ventriloquism that captured both the vulnerability and strength of a thirty-nine-year-old Dublin housewife with a fondness for drink. Now, Doyle triumphantly returns to Paula Spencer with the moving tale of her fight for a better future.
Paula is now almost forty-eight years old. Her abusive husband Charlo is long dead, and it’s been four months and five days since she’s had a drink. Her youngest children, Jack and Leanne, are still living with her, but she worries about Leanne. Paula continues to work as a cleaner, and the fridge is often half empty. But for the first time in her life she is going to parent-teacher meetings, and she’s bought a CD player for the kitchen, where she surprises her sisters with her taste for U2 and The White Stripes. Readers will root for Paula as she slowly begins to put her life back together. She’s even met a man at the bottle return; he’s nice, there’s something steady about him. Told with the unmistakable wit of his extraordinary voice, this is a redemptive tale that will have Doyle fans cheering.
(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:54:12 -0500)
Picking up nearly ten years after the tale, The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Dublin widow Paula begins her fifth month of sobriety while endeavoring to raise the two children who are still at home, an endeavor during which she struggles to make ends meet, attends parent-teacher conferences, and develops a taste for rock music. 50,000 first printing.
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