The True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters

The True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters

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"It's rural Ireland in the second half of the nineteenth century, the age of the Pre-Raphaelites, when Europe burns with a passion for long, flowing locks. So when seven sisters, born into fatherless poverty, grow up with hair cascading down their backs, to their ankles, and beyond, men are not slow to recognize their potential. Soon, they're a singing and dancing septet: Irish jigs kicked out in dusty church halls. But it is not their singing or their dancing that fills the seats: it is the torrents of hair they let loose at the end of each show. In an Ireland still hungry and melancholy with the Great Famine, the Swiney hair is a rich offering. And their hair will take dark-hearted Darcy, bickering twins Berenice and Enda, plain Pertilly, gentle Oona, wild Ida, and fearful, flame-haired Manticory--the writer of their on- and off-stage adventures--out of poverty, through the dance halls of Ireland, to the salons of Dublin and the palazzi of Venice. It will bring them suitors and obsessive admirers, it will bring some of them love and each of them loss. For their past trails behind the sisters like the tresses on their heads and their fame and fortune will come at a terrible price. Rich in period detail, peopled by a bewitching cast of characters, The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters is a tale of exploitation and celebrity, illegitimacy and sibling rivalry, love triangles and financial skullduggery, of death and devilry. And a very great deal of hair. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620400142
1620400146
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lovric 2014
Characteristics: 468 pages ; 22 cm

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finn75
Oct 07, 2014

What a fantastic story. The lives of 7 dirt poor Irish sisters as they rise to riches using their unusually long hair only to plummet back into poverty. What is ever more bizzare is this story is based very loosley around the real lives of the 7 Sutherland sisters. An absorbing read.

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