Without giving too much away this novel revisits the shameful world of the Irish orphanages where generations of children were tormented and abused. It's still hard to believe that the last of these was closed as recently as 1996 and that the facts only came to light in the 1990's. The bleakness of the lives lead by these children is haunting and the author handles the matter with great sensitivity. It's a lovely story with much to be celebrated amongst the wreck of so many innocent young lives, with flashbacks to the orphanage intertwined with life in rural Ireland set in the 1970's. Somehow the author manages to inject humour into the pathos, in a truly poignant and heart warming novel.
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