47 Roses: A Love Story

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Penguin Group USA, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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In 47 Roses, Peter Sheridan tells the moving and sometimes shocking story of "the other woman" in his parents' lives. Upon his father's sudden death in Dublin, Sheridan finds out about his father's almost fifty-year relationship with Doris, an Englishwoman who was both less and far more than a mistress. Sheridan elegantly describes his search for the truth in the face of resistance from his mother, who falls fatally ill. He eventually meets Doris and learns that she never married, living only for her brief meetings with Sheridan's father. This beautifully written portrait of a marriage forces us, like Sheridan himself, to face truths of the heart that refuse to conform to the easy verities of convention.

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Review: 47 Roses: A Story of Family Secrets and Enduring Love

User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

The back cover of the book got me very excited to read. Actually reading was a disappointment though. Read full review

Review: 47 Roses: A Story of Family Secrets and Enduring Love

User Review  - Lizzie - Goodreads

A memoir of his Irish family and his parents' marriage, and a woman his father had courted before marrying his mother. She carried a torch for him all her life, visiting the family regularly, which his mother grudgingly tolerated. A great study of people. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Peter Sheridan is the author of 44: Dublin Made Me. A leading figure in Irish theatre, he has served as director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Irish Arts Center and Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, and the Los Angeles Theater Center.

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