Paula Spencer

Paula Spencer

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Baker & Taylor
Dublin widow Paula begins her fifth month of sobriety as she raises her two children who are still at home, struggles to make ends meet, attends parent-teacher conferences, and develops a taste for rock music.

Blackwell North Amer
Roddy Doyle returns to Paula Spencer with the tale of her fight for a better future.
Paula is now forty-seven years old. Her husband is long dead, and it's been four months and five days since she's had a drink. Two of her children are out of the house - John Paul, a recovering heroin addict, and Nicola, a successful sales rep - but twenty-two-year-old Leanne, who herself has a problem with alcohol, and sixteen-year-old Jack are still at home. Paula continues to work as a house and office cleaner and to live from paycheck to paycheck; she's feeling pretty washed up and hopeless. But as she manages to get through each day sober, she begins to piece her life back together and to resurrect her family. She's even met a man at the bottle return; he's nice, there's something steady about him. Told with the unmistakable wit of Doyle's extraordinary voice, this is a redemptive tale about a brave and tenacious woman.

Baker
& Taylor

Picking up nearly ten years after the tale, The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Dublin widow Paula begins her fifth month of sobriety while endeavoring to raise the two children who are still at home, an endeavor during which she struggles to make ends meet, attends parent-teacher conferences, and develops a taste for rock music. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670038169
0670038164
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm

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Sep 13, 2011

I would have given this book 5 stars except for my frustration that, although this is a woman struggling to recover from alcoholism, the author never mentions AA. All the things that Paula suffers during her early recovery would have been alleviated by going to AA meetings. Leads me to believe that Roddy Doyle has something against AA. This is an awesome book, however, I could not put it down. Sequel to The Woman Who Walks Into Doors.

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