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Two Sisters Singing

Two Sisters Singing

Carmen Cullen

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Bathed in the beauty of her native Mayo, eighteen year old Lily O’Donoghue is dreaming about being a famous singer. Her future is already decided though; to complete a degree in UCD and make her parents proud.

Ireland during the second world war is adrift from Europe. Bathed in the beauty of her native Mayo, eighteen year old Lily O'Donoghue, dreaming about being a famous singer, is beguiled by the bright lights of Dublin. Her future is already decided though; to complete a degree in UCD and make her parents proud.

The summer before she goes to university a heady romance sweeps her into the arms of Theo, a handsome American visiting the locality. Arriving in Dublin, student life is too big a distraction and her sister Moyra wins Theo over. The war intrudes, in the presence of an American Naval Base in Belfast. Before long the Catholic Church and conservative forces in Emergency Ireland help to break the girls apart. Moyra desperately needs her sister's support to keep tragedy at bay but longing to perform, Lily finds herself at a crossroads in life.

The difficulty of maintaining close links between sisters when personal ambition and stolen love threaten to tear them apart, drives this story of desire forward. Love for Lily is an idyllic romance, for her sister Moyra however, it has other consequences. Lines of songs from the period spill into the narrative particularly Irish ballads of the author's iconic aunt, the much loved Delia Murphy.

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Author Carmen Cullen
Publisher Liberties Press
Publication date 2 Mar 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781907593819

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