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A Swift Pure Cry (Paperback, New Ed)

Siobhan Dowd

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Fifteen-year-old Shell Talent's life has been spiraling downward. Her father's drinking keeps him out of work, and her family firmly rooted in poverty. After the death of her mother, she's left to care for her younger brother and sister. With the recent arrival of a young priest named Father Rose to Shell's remote Irish town, she discovers solace in renewed piety and spirituality though his powerful sermons. Though when Shell makes a pivotal choice, she finds herself pregnant and embroiled in a town-wide scandal. Shell must then overcome and persevere though her tragic circumstances; though trite-sounding, Shell's story closes with a remarkably upbeat conclusion. Inspired by real events, Shell's voice is palpably heartbreaking and honest; and her situation evokes immediate pathos from the reader. Set in the mid-1980s in Ireland, Dowd successfully characterizes Ireland as an integral part of the story. Told through flowing eloquent prose, with strong Joycean influences, this engrossing and haunting tale will not let the reader go. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, charming, eloquent and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the centre of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.


Imprint: Definitions
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2007
First published: February 2007
Authors: Siobhan Dowd
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 309
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-09-948816-3
Barcode: 9780099488163
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
LSN: 0-09-948816-7

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