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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE SEBASTIAN BARRY This is the story of Roseanne Clear: an impoverished Irish beauty who survives the political violence of Ireland in the early twentieth century, only to be unjustly imprisoned in the squalid Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. Now in her 99th year, Roseanne relates the events leading to her incarceration, in a journal secreted under the floorboards of her cell. Her only contact is with the unhinged orderly, John Kane, and the well-meaning but ineffectual Dr. Grene. As the Doctor attempts to discover the reasons behind Roseanne's imprisonment, the patient continues to whisper her secrets to the reader. Doctor Grene must determine what is real and what is imagined, what is past and what is present. 'the story of Roseanne Clear... who survives the political violence of Ireland in the early twentieth century'