More Bread Or I'll Appear by Emer Martin

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At high speed and with wicked humor, Emer Martin introduces us to a family unlike any other. Long after her husband is institutionalized, Molly moves her children from the west of Ireland to Dublin. She is following her eldest daughter Aisling --- her favorite, the beloved --- who is to attend college there. But one summer Aisling disappears. Fifteen years later, Molly persuades the youngest and most reliable of her five children, Keelin, to put her own life on hold to search for Aisling. Traveling the world with various of her siblings, Keelin learns that each is cursed with their father's affliction --- "the doubting disease," as they call it. In one way or another, each is paralyzed and compelled to perform irrational acts. In pursuit of her wild, elusive sister, whose personality defies categorization, Keelin takes on a hip and decadent Japan, a talk-show-worthy United States, and a surreal Central America. Many curious adventures, an uncertain reunion, and a stunning betrayal later, Keelin is forced to question the familial attachments that have always driven her. More Bread or I'll Appear casts a unique eye on the issues of gender, race, and class that are vital to contemporary culture. It is a story about family, an examination of the tyranny of genetic and emotional bonds.

About Emer Martin

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Emer Martin was born in Dublin in 1968. She has lived in London, Paris, and the Middle East, and graduated as valedictorian from Hunter College in 1998. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon, was named Ireland's Best Book of 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers' Week. More Bread or I'll Appear is her second novel.
Published January 22, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Irish author Martin's meandering second novel (after Breakfast in Babylon) traces the erratic intersection of five siblings in a middle-class Irish family as they try (and usually fail) to leave home and make their way in the wider world.

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