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The Young Wan
by Brendan O'Carroll

Published: 2004-01-27
Paperback : 224 pages
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Before she was a Mammy, before she had Chisellers, and before they made her a Granny, Agnes Browne was Agnes Reddin, a young girl-or a Young Wan- growing up in the Jarro in Dublin.

Brendan O'Carroll takes readers back to the heart of working-class Dublin, this time in the 1940s. Together ...
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Before she was a Mammy, before she had Chisellers, and before they made her a Granny, Agnes Browne was Agnes Reddin, a young girl-or a Young Wan- growing up in the Jarro in Dublin.

Brendan O'Carroll takes readers back to the heart of working-class Dublin, this time in the 1940s. Together with her soon to be lifelong best friend Marion Delany, young Agnes manages to survive the indignities and demands of Catholic school, the unwanted births of siblings, days spent in the factories and markets, and nights in the dance hall as rock-and-roll invades Dublin.

But on the eve of her wedding night, the Jarro is alive with gossip-will Agnes be turned away at the altar? For the whole parish knows Agnes's not-so-well-kept secret. And with a mother falling further into dementia, and a younger sister turning to a life of crime, it's up to Agnes alone to keep her splintering family together, while trying to create one of her own.

Filled with O'Carroll's trademark wicked wit and loving, larger-than-life characters, The Young Wan shows the hardscrabble beginnings of the ultimate Irish mother and family.

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  "An Irish Lass' Tale"by lollygil (see profile) 01/04/12

 
  "The Young Wan"by CarolAnnT (see profile) 07/01/11

Nostalgic read, bearing in mind the setting and time frame of this story. I can say honestly, I am encouraged enough by this book to go ahead and read the second in this series.

 
  "The Young Wan"by mptravis (see profile) 06/30/11

Very very good book. Good characters, historical fiction period and good for group discussion. There aren't any discussion questions out there so we had to come up with our own.

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