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What Becomes of Us
Author: Henrietta McKervey

ISBN: 9781444794106
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 31 March 2015
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.1
'The novel shines with intelligence and emotional insight' Eilis Ni Dhuibhne

Dublin, 1965. A city on the cusp of change. A country preparing to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

Maria Mills arrives from London with only a suitcase and her young daughter. Scared but hopeful, she is intent on a new life, one in which she can hide from her past. She has carefully constructed a story, based on a lie that even her daughter believes is true.

When she gets a job in the fledgling broadcaster Teilifis Eireann, she soon finds herself working on a 1916 Rising commemoration programme. Maria meets Tess McDermott, a former member of Cumann na mBan, the Irish republican women's paramilitary group. Tess saw active service in the Rising with yet angrily refuses to admit her involvement. Maria realises that Tess too is hiding a secret that must be told.

Set against the backdrop of stifling social and religious mores, alongside a defiant new wave of women's liberation, What Becomes of Us is a beautifully told story of the struggle to carve out a new identity when the past refuses to let go. And for...

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