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Once Upon a Time in England. Helen Walsh by Helen Walsh
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Jan 20, 10

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Read in January, 2010

This is one of those books where you just want to shake several, or perhaps all, of the characters. "Be more honest to him!" "Be kinder to her!" "Talk to each other!" But no, the relationship between Irish singer and factory worker Robbie and his Malaysian wife Susheela (Sheila) is doomed after a brutal assault on Susheela (the details of which she doesn't share) prevents her from making love with or expressing love for Robbie. Its effects echo down the years and reverberate in the couple's children, especially young Vincent, who witnessed the attack. That sounds grim, and plenty of depressing stuff does happen, but somehow the overall tone of this book is - not exactly uplifting, but hopeful. And there is both humor and great 80s details (remember Adam Ant?).
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