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Mother to a Stranger Leland Bardwell

Mother to a Stranger

Leland Bardwell

Published April 30th 2003
ISBN : 9780856407161
Paperback
186 pages
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Nan and Jim, a professional couple, forsook the city ten years ago for a more congenial life of self-sufficiency in the North West of Ireland. Now in their mid-forties, they each pursue their respective careers - she, a much sought-after professionalMoreNan and Jim, a professional couple, forsook the city ten years ago for a more congenial life of self-sufficiency in the North West of Ireland. Now in their mid-forties, they each pursue their respective careers - she, a much sought-after professional pianist, and he, an archaeologist, doing the occasional bit of research, but now more involved with his calves and his chickens and the oddities that go to make up rural Ireland. Long ago, the couple decided not to have any children, which suited them both. Their idyllic domestic set-up might have continued unchallenged, but for the arrival on one hot summers morning of a letter from a solicitor in England. A young man claiming to be Nans son is anxious to meet her. The news throws Nan into an emotional turmoil, not least because she has hidden the fact of her sons existence from Jim. She gave birth to the child in the repressive society of 1960s Ireland when she was barely a teenager and was forced to do a runner to England to have him adopted. Jim is shocked and incensed by the revelation, and gradually their relationship seems to fall apart. Leland Bardwell portrays a marriage under almost intolerable strain, and charts the pai