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The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 03 to 06, 2012

Not a "feel good" light summer read but very good.
Marian is ayoung Irish Catholic unwed mother, Ben the father, is the Jewish son of a family destroyed by the Holocaust.
The choice she is forced to make so quickly sets up the novel.
Set in the late 50s and 60s in Ireland, it is also a cautionary tale of why it is detrimental to have Church and State deeply intertwined.
Once a young woman's choice is made, there is no way for her to do what is best for herself or her family, with the Church so powerful.
I think this is a bit of history many young people are not aware of, and this novel tells the heartbreaking story, that so many actually lived.

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