The Woman of the House

The Woman of the House

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the havoc wreaked by a demanding outsider on the lives of a set-in-their-ways Irish family in 1950s rural Ireland

Blackwell North Amer
With her first novel, this extraordinarily gifted storyteller brings her talents to bear on the tale of a rural Irish family caught between its love of the old ways and the encroachments of contemporary life. The story is that of the Phelan family, who have occupied the same home in the village of Kilmeen for generations, tending their land and livestock, surviving a feud with unscrupulous neighbors, forming part of the social backbone of their community. But as the older Phelans pass and their farm is handed on to the younger generation in the early 1950s, their longtime home is suddenly threatened from within. The threat comes in the person of an outsider, Martha, who marries Ned Phelan and proceeds to undermine their very way of life. And the solution comes in the form of Ned's younger sister Kate, an aspiring schoolteacher, who is forced to draw upon every ounce of patience and determination in order to keep their homestead in their own hands - and her own dreams alive.

& Taylor

Set against the very traditional 1950s rural Irish landscape, this novel by the author of To School Through the Fields chronicles the havoc wreaked by a demanding outsider on the lives of a set-in-their-ways Irish family when she tries to change their lives.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312200657
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 22 cm


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