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The Woman Who Walked into Doors | [Roddy Doyle]

The Woman Who Walked into Doors

Paula Spencer is a 39-year-old working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. Paula recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her feeling powerless.
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Paula Spencer is a 39-year-old working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. Paula recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her feeling powerless.

©1996 Roddy Doyle; (P)2008 Penguin

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"A perception that is rare [and] a compassion that is scorching." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 09-06-08
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 09-06-08 Member Since 2005

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    But not a light read/listen. It seems wrong to say I "enjoyed" the book because of its sad subject matter: spousal abuse. Instead, I'll say that it engaged me. Some may think it odd for a man to create such a narrator, but Doyle succeeds with his sensitive hand, making Paula realistic and empathetic. The reader was just right. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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    Deborah SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 11-23-13
    Deborah SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    This was an Audible Kids book? It had plenty of sex and violence...not bad for an adult but I am not sure it is appropriate for kids, not even middle/high school kids. It was an interesting exploration of domestic violence and the stream of consciousness opened a window into how all that can happen between people who never thought that would happen to them.

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