SIOBHAN DOWD A SWIFT PURE CRY
David Ficking Books (Age range: 13+)
Shell’s life has been tough
since the death of her mother. Her father’s turned his back on reality,
leaving her to look after her younger siblings. She’s bored of church, skips
school and shares irreverent jokes and cigarettes with her friends. But when a
new priest arrives in this small Irish community, things start to change. A
discovery in her father’s wardrobe unleashes a scandal that rocks this small
community to its core.
This is beautiful, dramatic
writing that deals sensitively with a tough subject. Set in Ireland, the story
follows the characters as they stumble through life’s challenges, making the
best of tough circumstances. The language is simple, lyrical, and evocative;
the storytelling humorous but never sentimental. The take on religion is not
predictable and the outcome extraordinarily life affirming.