The Fifteen Streets: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 1952 - England - 402 pages
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For the impoverished of 1800s Ireland, life on the Fifteen Streets is a prison of sorts. For no matter how hard each of them works, no one escapes. The eldest son in an ever-expanding family, John O'Brien, unlike his brooding father, carries the burden of his loved ones on his strong shoulders--and their cares in his breaking heart. When John meets Mary Llewellyn, a lightening bolt of desire sets into motion an unwavering determination to work his way out of poverty, for Mary is from a world of privilege and wealth that looks down upon his kind. Thwarted at every turn--first by John's dangerous brother Dominic, a violent bad seed, then by Mary's outraged family--the embattled couple must fight for what they believe in--a love that comes along once in a lifetime.

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