A Paula Spencer Novel

3 books in series
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The Woman Who Walked into Doors Publisher's Summary

Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily. This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage.
©1996 Roddy Doyle (P)2007 Isis Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily.

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    • More Roddy Doyle Titles Please!!

    • By Linda on 05-29-13

    Regular price: $30.53

    • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

    • A Novel
    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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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. Capturing both her vulnerability and her strength, Roddy Doyle gives Paula a voice that is real and unforgettable.

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  • Book 2

    • Paula Spencer

    • By: Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated by: Ger Ryan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's 48th birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Her youngest children, Jack and Leanne, are still living with her. They're grand kids, but she worries about Leanne.

    Regular price: $20.66