[bksvol-discuss] Just submitted

  • From: "solsticesinger" <solsticesinger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 21:38:56 -0500

Hi, all.

I have just submitted The Magdalen by Marita Conlon-McKenna to step one for 
your validating pleasure. Page breaks and chapter headings have been protected. 
Headers have been stripped. Kurzy gave this a 99.6 rating. Be watchful for the 
Irish dialect, as well as some very odd proper names, that may throw off the 
spell checker.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:

Here is the synopsis:
Esther Doyle is a true child of Connemara. She is a simple girl with a true 
heart, and the wild and tangled land of the West sings in her bones. But when 
Esther is betrayed by her lover and left unmarried and pregnant, the sea and 
sky are both lost to her. She is sent by her shamed family to the Holy Saints 
Convent in Dublin, where, trapped behind its high granite walls, she works in 
the infamous Magdalen laundry while she waits tor the birth of her baby.


At the mercy of the nuns, and working mostly in silence, Esther spends her days 
in the steamy laundry. It is a grim existence, but Esther has no choice; the 
convent is her only refuge, and the orphanage next door will provide food and 
shelter for her newborn child.


Despite the harsh realities of her life, Esther gains the support of this 
isolated colony of women. Learning through the experiences and mistakes of the 
other "Maggies," Esther begins to realize her strengths and her determination 
to survive. It will take every ounce of her courage to realize her dream of a 
new life for her child and herself, beyond the grey walls of the Holy Saints 


Who can heal, but one who has healed herself? 
Who can know, but one who has asked and sought? 
Who can lead, but one who has traveled the way?
--ancient French proverb 

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