The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry
A Novel

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The Whipping Club explores the sacrificial secrets we keep to protect our loved ones and the impact that uncovered secrets have on marriage, family and society. Both a wrenching family drama and a harrowing suspense story, it chronicles an interfaith couple's attempt in 1960's Ireland to save their son from corrupt institutions.

"A powerful saga of love and survival." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 

About Deborah Henry

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DEBORAH HENRY'S first short story was published by 'The Copperfield Review, ' was a historical fiction finalist for 'Solander Magazine' of The Historical Novel Society and was longlisted in the 2009/10 Fish Short Story Prize. 'The Whipping Club' is her first novel. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and their three children. She is currently at work on her next book. Visit her at deborahhenryauthor.com
 
Published February 22, 2012 by T. S. Poetry Press. 312 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For example, when Marian returned to Mother Baby Home after 11 years, she “opened the car door and stepped onto the gravel, wanting to quiet its crunch, like skeletons underneath her shoes.” Echoing the painful lessons of the Jewish Holocaust, Henry’s tale reveals what happens when good people re...

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Though Marian and Ben marry and have a lively daughter, Joanna, Marian is consumed by guilt.

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At first Marian tries to discount this persons appearance at their home to Johanna, but as she reads the note left by 'Nurse,' a simple and slow-witted woman from the Mother Baby Home, she learns that her son Adrian was not adopted to a rich American family and in fact sill resides at a near by o...

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Deborah Henry not only succeeds in shining a light into a not so distant past in a society struggling to modernize itself, but on how one societal misstep can mark ones life forever.

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At first Marian tries to discount this persons appearance at their home to Johanna, but as she reads the note left by 'Nurse,' a simple and slow-witted woman from the Mother Baby Home, she learns that her son Adrian was not adopted to a rich American family and in fact sill resides at a near by o...

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