Paula Spencer

Paula Spencer

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The follow up to Roddy Doyle's acclaimed novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors Watch for Roddy Doyle's new novel, Smile, coming in October of 2017 Roddy Doyle 's beautifully wrought tale revisits the Dublin housewife-heroine of his earlier acclaimed novel, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. Paula is now forty-seven, her abusive husband is long dead, and it's been four months and five days since she's had a drink. She cleans offices to get by and lives from paycheck to paycheck. But as she manages to get through each day sober, she begins to piece her life back together and to resurrect her family. Told with the unmistakable wit of Doyle's unique voice, this is a redemptive tale about a brave and tenacious woman.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143112732
  • 9780143112730
  • 764,986

Review Text

"An extraordinary story about an ordinary life." --People "Beautifully nuanced and sweetly populist . . . You'll stick with Paula as Doyle gently celebrates her small but memorable victories." --USA Today "A tale of ultimate personal struggle, and told superbly . . . Doyle shines a light on a supposedly ordinary life, tenderly illuminating its extraordinary contours." --The Wall Street Journal "[Doyle] transforms what might be a bleak story of a working-class woman into a tale of triumph and great humor." --Entertainment Weekly
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Review quote

"An extraordinary story about an ordinary life."
--People "Beautifully nuanced and sweetly populist . . . You'll stick with Paula as Doyle gently celebrates her small but memorable victories."
--USA Today "A tale of ultimate personal struggle, and told superbly . . . Doyle shines a light on a supposedly ordinary life, tenderly illuminating its extraordinary contours."
--The Wall Street Journal "[Doyle] transforms what might be a bleak story of a working-class woman into a tale of triumph and great humor."
--Entertainment Weekly
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About Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is an internationally bestselling writer. His first three novels--The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van--are known as The Barrytown Trilogy. He is also the author of the novels Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993 Booker Prize winner), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, and A Star Called Henry, and a non-fiction book about his parents, Rory & Ita. Doyle has also written for the stage and the screen: the plays Brownbread, War, Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner, and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors; the film adaptations of The Commitments )as co-writer), The Snapper, and The Van; When Brendan Met Trudy (an original screenplay); the four-part television series Family for the BBC; and the television play Hell for Leather. Roddy Doyle has also written the children's books The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, and The Meanwhile Adventures and contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker magazine and several anthologies. He lives in Dublin.
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Rating details

1,984 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 21% (424)
4 44% (865)
3 28% (563)
2 6% (111)
1 1% (21)
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