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The women behind the door

Doyle, Roddy, 1958-2024
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At 66, Paula Spencer - mother, grandmother, widow, addict, survivor - is finally living her life. A job at the dry cleaners she enjoys, a man - Joe - with whom she shares what she wants, friends who see her for who she is, and four grown children, now with families and petty dramas the likes of which Paula could only have hoped for. Despite its ghosts, Paula has started to push her past aside. That is until Paula's eldest, Nicola, turns up on her doorstep. Independent, affluent, a loving wife and mother, 'a success' - Nicola is suddenly determined to leave it all behind. Over the next few days, as Nicola gradually confides in Paula the secret that unleashed this moment of crisis, mother and daughter find themselves untangling anecdotes, jokes, memory and revelation to confront the bruised but beautiful symmetry of what each means to the other.
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Author:
Imprint:
London : Jonathan Cape, 2024.
Collation:
272 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN:
9781787334908 (hbk)
Dewey class:
823.92FG
LC class:
PR6054.O95
Local class:
FT
Language:
English
BRN:
3944344
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