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Carey, Lisa.
THE MERMAIDS SINGING
New York : Perennial, 2001.
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ISBN 0380815591
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Inis Muruch (Island of the Mermaids) is the setting around which stories of love, family and Irish lore are revealed through three generations of women.  Fiery, sensual Grace, who has never been without a man, is now dying from cancer.  She lives in Boston with her fifteen year old daughter, Grainne, who is struggling not only with the reality of losing her mom, but also with romance and her own sexuality.  Grace has been estranged from her practical, traditional mother, Cliona, since Grace left Inis Muruch.  Graceís eventual death brings Grainne to Inis Muruch to meet the Irish father and grandmother she never knew.  Now Grainne, despite having had a close bond with her mother, learns about her momís secret past.  The chapters switch off between the three women in first person narratives, going back and forth in time, and reveal the powerful, poignant story of each.  (Davinna Artibey, Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
SUBJECTS:     Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction.
                        Irish American women -- Fiction.
                        Islands -- Ireland -- Fiction.
                        Ireland -- Fiction.
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