The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

Book - 1997
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha , the heartrending story of a brave and tenacious housewife

Look for Roddy Doyle's new novel, Smile , coming in October of 2017

Paula Spencer is a thirty-nine-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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997, c1996
ISBN: 9780140255126
0140255125
Branch Call Number: DOYLE R
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 20 cm

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santiano9
Jun 30, 2015

Such a sad tale but really gives a glimmer of understanding on why women put up with violence. Well-written but hard to read. Only a little hope offered at the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

Step into the mind, body and soul of Paula. This book is written with simplicity yet takes the reader through the complexity of a woman's dark life. The most amazing aspect of this woman's story is that it is written by a man.

debwalker Nov 26, 2010

J. K. Rowling: "It is the most remarkable book. Roddy Doyle gets inside the head of his character so utterly, so completely. I don't think I've ever encountered such a believable, fully rounded female character from any other heterosexual male writer in any age. I should emphasize that I would feel the same way about the book if it had been written by a woman; I would still think it was the most remarkable achievement. But when I sit back and think, 'A man wrote this?'—phenomenal. He has created a woman who, you imagine, will go to the bathroom and defecate. He also leaves her with her dignity, even though what she's going through is a horrific thing. And he does it all in such a subtle way. I do think he's a genius. His dialogue is irreproachable. And your heart...you're totally drawn into his books. I'm very passionate about Roddy Doyle, and I've never met him, which is a frustration to me."

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