The Corrigan Women

The Corrigan Women M T Dohaney has been described as Newfoundlands answer to Frank McCourt Her first novel The Corrigan Women a richly textured portrayal of outport life is a contemporary classic Long out of print t

  • Title: The Corrigan Women
  • Author: Myrtis T. Dohaney
  • ISBN: 9780920304679
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • M.T Dohaney has been described as Newfoundlands answer to Frank McCourt Her first novel, The Corrigan Women, a richly textured portrayal of outport life, is a contemporary classic Long out of print, this first novel in the trilogy that ends with the critically acclaimed A Fit Month for Dying, is now available once again This intense family drama opens in pre ConfederatM.T Dohaney has been described as Newfoundland s answer to Frank McCourt Her first novel, The Corrigan Women, a richly textured portrayal of outport life, is a contemporary classic Long out of print, this first novel in the trilogy that ends with the critically acclaimed A Fit Month for Dying, is now available once again This intense family drama opens in pre Confederation Newfoundland, on the eve of the First World War Fifteen year old Bertha Ryan leaves home to work as the hired girl in the troubled Corrigan household in a larger village, called the Cove There, she is browbeaten by her employer and raped by the deranged son Pregnant and terrified, Bertha marries her assailant s brother, with whom she is in love But the war intervenes, and when her husband returns, he is shell shocked and nothing is the same Bertha s daughter Carmel fares no better During the Second World War, she marries a charming, handsome American soldier stationed at the nearby base and later she discovers that he is already married The weight of the accumulated shame eventually falls upon Carmel s daughter Tessie, who reaches adulthood caught in the crossfire between the ways of the Cove and the world beyond Newfoundland With characteristic wit and compassion, Dohaney depicts a trio of resilient women who face life with dignity, courage and irrepressible humour When The Corrigan Women first appeared in 1988, readers kept asking M.T Dohaney, Well, what happened Did Bertha keep visiting the grave Dohaney would reply, I don t know The Corrigan Women is fiction But she must have told you No, Bertha is fictional, and that was 1918, long before my time And so it went, until the immediacy of The Corrigan Women and the characters that would not stay on the page drove Dohaney to write two Corrigan Women novels in this highly acclaimed now popular trilogy.

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    1. Love the books that follow the generations and this one was well done. Although not by the same author it reminded me of Great Village which I also loved.

    2. This book is a wonderful capture of historical Newfoundland. The story of three generations of women in a Newfoundland 20th century outpost is set in a Cove near Gander and encompasses so many local cultural norms and historical imperatives that I'm pretty shocked that it has not had more distribution. If you are interested in Newfoundland, read this book!

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