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Out of Dublin

Out of Dublin [Kindle Edition]

Ethel Rohan
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Out of Dublin, a survivor’s captivating story of loss, abuse, and resilience, is a stunning short memoir told with startling honesty and vulnerability. Perhaps what’s most arresting about this work, above its unique voice, above its call to end silence, is the depth of its author’s capacity for compassion, love, and forgiveness.

Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel Rohan lives in San Francisco. She is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by the Story Prize.

Winner of the 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, Rohan’s work has appeared or will appear in the New York Times, World Literature Today, and PEN America, among many others. Visit her at

This is a short e-book published by Shebooks--high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. For more information, visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Shebooks (12 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and atmospheric 8 Jun 2014
By Amanda Jenkinson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Ethel Rohan certainly has a way with words. In this short but deeply affecting memoir she can convey a whole scene, an emotion, with just a phrase or two. She looks back on her childhood, the joys and pains of it, focussing very much on her parents, and the happy times the family shared, and perfectly captures the voice of an observant and perceptive child. Sadly, there’s the abuse she has to face, but even here her controlled use of language ensures that that the horror is implied rather than exploited. Eventually she leaves for San Francisco but when her mother falls ill she returns to Ireland and recounts the deaths of both her parents compassionately and tenderly. Evocative and atmospheric, this short book is a delight to read, and an excellent way to discover Rohan’s skill as a writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read 3 Jun 2014
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Excellent read, stories were very insightful, you could almost feel Ethel's pain. Her account of her fathers passing was particularly touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, poignant 1 Jun 2014
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A moving, poignant short memoir from Ethel Rohan. Beautifully written and insightful. If you have lost a parent, read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Jun 2014
By cathys - Published on
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Well written, refreshingly honest record of the author's experiences with the deaths of her parents. I'd recommend it to anyone who is facing, or has experienced, the death of a parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Dublin is a wondrous book. 19 May 2014
By jazmin - Published on
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Ethel Rohan conveys the complexities of her Irish childhood, of mental illness and abuse, of leaving home and returning, of yearning and loving, aging and dying, all with such fullness of emotion, bravery and tenderness laced through every word. It's a marvel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Dublin is a powerful read 28 Aug 2014
By Mrs. Kimberly S. Napier - Published on
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Out of Dublin, by Ethel Rohan is a powerfully written book about the life of he author. Her life was not an easy one as she dealt with an ill mother and a father that needed to work to support the family of eight. The descriptions used throughout this short story made it easy for the reader to feel what she felt when she told about events in her life.

Thank you for sharing what, I am sure, was not an easy book to write. The title drew me in but the talent of the author kept me involved until I finished reading it a few hours later.
3.0 out of 5 stars Out Of Dublin 26 July 2014
By Karen - Published on
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My Thoughts About The Book: This was one of the saddest reads I have reviewed in a while. The story is heartbreaking. It was very short and I really felt there needed to be more. Not one of my favorites.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Shebooks and Net Galley to review in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own. Thank you for this opportunity.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Story of a Family 14 Jun 2014
By Susan Drees - Published on
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An interesting short memoir, interesting often as much for what remains unsaid as for what is said. The author grew up in Dublin with three brothers and two sisters, and parents who parsed out love. Her mother was cursed with two funny sounding diseases, retinitis pigmentosis and the ever more silly-sounding paranoid schizophrenia, Of course this would impact everyones lives and of course the children, and the author, would have no idea why.

Much is left unsaid in this story. There are tales of joy and sadness. Brief mentions of abuse shock in their simplicity. But there are happier moments too...or are they.

Throughout our childhood, Dad also drove us city kids
deep into the country to visit various remote shrines,
churches, and holy wells. In the chapels, we bought plastic
bottles of holy water to take home, and always knelt before
the offertory candles we had lit for special intentions, the
flames and our prayers mostly going up for our mother, her
eyesight diminishing then as rapidly as her sanity.

Rohan eventually moves from Ireland to San Francisco where she can be apart and her own person. But she is still a part of the family, the connection will always be there.

This is an interesting short memoir, one that has led me to want to sample Rohan's short story collections.

An ecopy has been provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of review.
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