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Mary McGreevy (Macmurray & Beck Fiction)

by Walter Keady

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Delightful Mary McGreevy is a redheaded force to be reckoned with, but no one seems able to figure her out. After 16 years in a convent, Mary comes home to Creevagh, County Mayo in 1950 for her father’s funeral and decides to revoke her vows as a nun to become an independent farmer.
As if that weren't scandal enough for a traditional little village, she then chooses to have a child on her own and infuriates her neighbors by refusing to name the father. Every man in the village is suspect. The results are disastrous, and the lives of several men are upended by the power of town gossips who are willing to put careers and reputations at risk for their own amusement, which they cloak in the piety they feel they surely posses, but in truth are totally bereft of its influence; which Miss Mcgreevy is only to happy to point out. At times her debates with a Priest are a riot, as her knowledge of Aristotle, Sarte, and a variety of male Old Testament figures, "who begat children", outside of matrimony makes for brilliant dialogue.
The whole town is turned inside out when Mary's logical choice is revealed at last, yet there is still another unexpected surprise laying in wait at the end of this most unusual novel. ( )
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The parish of Kildawree rests in the low, ridged hills of south Mayo.
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After her father's death, Sister Mary Thomas leaves her convent to reclaim the family farm in the Irish village of Creevagh. In 1950, her status as ex-nun scandalizes the women of the village, but her beauty, strength, willfulness, and wit attract every eligible male. [retrieved from Amazon 12/13/11]
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A nun in 1950s Ireland abandons the veil to run a farm inherited from her father. Sister Mary Thomas is good looking and flirtatious, and suitors queue at her door. But she does not want a husband, only a child, and eventually she gives birth to one, scandalizing the district and getting a priest into trouble. By the author of Celibates and Other Lovers.… (more)

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