Over the Water by Maude Casey
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Fourteen-year-old Mary feels like a misfit, both in England where she and her family live and in their former Ireland home, until a visit to her Irish relatives helps her gain a better understanding of her background, her mother, and herself.

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Published January 1, 1987 by The Womans Press Livewire. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the family makes their first visit home to Kilkenny since Mammy's father's death, Mammy's demands are as harsh as ever, and she forbids the grieving Mary to go near the horses that Mary loves as her grandfather did.

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Mammy cautions her children: ``Keep your business to yourself,'' and ``Don't get involved with anyone.'' Not until Mary makes a painful visit ``over the water'' with her family does she learn the cause of her mother's bitterness and to accept and appreciate her people and their country.

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