47 Roses by Peter Sheridan

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A family secret, a sacrifice for love, a dying mother, a search for the truth: the ingredients of 47 Roses suggest a compelling novel. But for Peter Sheridan, these are not the elements of fiction-they are the ingredients of his own life.

In 47 Roses, Sheridan tells the moving and sometimes shocking story of "the other woman" in his parents' lives. Upon his father's sudden death in Dublin, Sheridan finds out about his father's almost fifty-year relationship with Doris, an Englishwoman who was both less and far more than a mistress. Sheridan elegantly describes his search for the truth in the face of resistance from his mother, who falls fatally ill. He eventually meets Doris and learns that she never married, living only for her brief meetings with Sheridan's father. This beautifully written portrait of a marriage forces us, like Sheridan himself, to face truths of the heart that refuse to conform to the easy verities of convention.

About Peter Sheridan

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Peter Sheridan is the author of 44: Dublin Made Me. A leading figure in Irish theatre, he has served as director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Irish Arts Center and Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, and the Los Angeles Theater Center.
Published September 21, 2001 by Macmillan. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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I had never felt such sadness and joy side by side, never thought that loss could be so funny, never realized that laughter could be so spiritual.” Sheridan's ear for priceless Anglo-Irish dialogue provides the engine that pulls each scenario onstage and off, and his dramatic pacing is so expert ...

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Irish playwright Sheridan returns to the same themes of his debut memoir, 44: Dublin Made Me, further exploring his childhood, family and city.

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