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Breaking Out

Breaking Out (Paperback)

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Eleanor Leyden is a rebel, a 'girl that spells trouble'. When her communist parents are killed in the car crash which also leaves her maimed, she is fostered by family friends, Dermot and Angela O'Driscoll. But as she grows up, she feels increasingly stifled by their middle-class Catholic values. Bursting into 'defiant flame', she rejects their conservative world as she becomes a stone-mason and seeks solace in a forbidden love affair that only further entraps her. Two women inspire her flight - her outspoken Aunt Katherine and her precocious schoolfriend Louise. With Louise she discovers the 'exhilaration of departure' as they travel to France and Greece. Here, when their intense bond shifts from warm banter to sexual rivalry and desire, Eleanor learns that she must face the world 'herself, clear, alone'. In this outstanding novel, Aisling Maguire meshes a sharp unerring feel for dialogue with a profound exploration of character - the result is a powerful vision of the emotional, spiritual and social impulses that drive all our lives.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Colourpoint Books Publication Date: 01/09/2002 ISBN-13: 9780856407321  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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AISLING MAGUIRE was born in Dublin. Her short stories have been published in volumes one and two of The Blackstaff Book of Short Stories (Blackstaff Press, 1988 and 1991) and in Figures in a Landscape: Writing from Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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