Mary Rattigan sogna di volare via: da una madre violenta incapace di amore, da un padre buono ma privo di spina dorsale, da un’educazione bigotta, dalla miseria dell’Irlanda del Nord funestata dai Troubles.
Ma i sogni di libertà possono finire in fumo in una sola notte di sconsideratezza adolescenziale: dopo un atto sessuale a metà tra il desiderio di ribellione e lo stupro, Mary si ritrova incinta durante un ritiro in campagna con la scuola. Per salvare l’onore della famiglia, viene costretta a sposare in fretta e furia un vicino di fattoria, John, a sua volta cresciuto col marchio di figlio “bastardo”.
E così, appena sedicenne, Mary si trova imprigionata in una vita matrimoniale (che in fretta le porterà altri figli) di cui non riesce a capire i contorni: non educata all’amore, non è in grado di riconoscere i segnali che il marito le manda; non sapendo cosa significhi volersi bene, non concepisce che qualcuno la possa amare.
La vita trascorre così all’ombra di malintesi che si trascinano per decenni, e solo all’ultimo Mary riuscirà a capire il marito e i sentimenti che lo hanno animato. Forse c’è ancora il tempo per raddrizzare le cose e vivere un istante di felicità.
- ISBN: 8833210561
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 368
- Data di uscita: 07-10-2021
Tish Delaney's debut is intrinsically Irish and a strongly character driven read set amidst the backdrop of the Northern Ireland troubles, the religious divisions, the horrors of the bombs and the bullets, and the inevitable impact it had on the lives of individuals. The hold the Catholic church had Leggi tutto
This book is due to be released July 2020 The one quote that sticks out in my mind from this book is “I’m not yours and you’re not mine” As the author lays the ground work for this must touching awesome story with heartbreak, tears and growing, maturing and learning, stick with it. Mary starts off at Leggi tutto
4-5 stars Well, I think my actual heart did break on several occasions in this rollercoaster debut novel. This is the story of Mary Rattigan, who lives in Carncloon, Co Tyrone who has her own personal troubles against the backdrop of The Troubles, beknighting the six counties and beyond the borders o Leggi tutto
Mary Rattigan lives in a small town in County Tyrone in a strict catholic family with a mother who is not only god-fearing but emotionally manipulative and violent toward Mary. By the time she is sixteen, the Troubles are at their peak in the 1970s and Mary dreams of escaping the bloodshed and viole Leggi tutto
It has taken me some time since finishing this book to decide what I thought of it, but as Sadie would say ‘reviews don’t write themselves’. On the one hand, I thought Mary’s voice sounded authentic (and those of her extended family and friends). I enjoyed the dialogue, the atmosphere of rural life Leggi tutto
On the outside it feels baffling that two people who marry and spend their lives together can be virtual strangers to each other, yet this is the reality of many arranged relationships. Tish Delaney movingly depicts the life of one such Northern Irish woman in her debut novel “Before My Actual Heart Leggi tutto
strong but silent hot northern irish farmer is my new type
This book was a bit of a curate's egg for me. The first part dealing with Mary's childhood before her forced marriage at sixteen was superb. It really captured growing up with a toxic, narcissistic mother in Northern Ireland and resonated so much with my own life down to her mother spelling out regp Leggi tutto
If you’re a fan of Derry Girls, you will adore this debut novel. It’s set amidst the Troubles of Northern Ireland and tells the story of Mary Rattigan and her personal troubles from her teenage years to adulthood. As the title suggests, it’s a heartbreaking read but it’s definitely a contestant for Leggi tutto
Oh my goodness, such an apt title. I feel like my heart broke at least 5 times when reading this beautiful book. And I’d do it all over again! My heart broke for the families of Northern Ireland in the 80s, for the innocent child with an evil mother and pushover father, for the irreplaceable loss of Leggi tutto
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