Loving Jeanie by Tom Bryson

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01 November 2021
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This ‘coming of age’ novel shows fourteen year old Dan Kerrigan bonding with and protecting vulnerable country cousin, Jeanie - a Down’s Syndrome young teenager - and the inherent danger of ‘making promises’ to adults - especially entering a ‘pact’.

This ‘coming of age’ novel shows fourteen year old Dan Kerrigan bonding with and protecting vulnerable country cousin, Jeanie - a Down’s Syndrome young teenager - and the inherent danger of ‘making promises’ to adults - especially entering a ‘pact’. Dan lives with his family in a corrugated tin nissen hut in a deserted US Naval base in the city Derry, N.Ireland, in the nineteen fifties. With other families, they fled in a mass, illegal squat from desperate, impoverished housing conditions.

An uplifting story about fighting adversity and developing character, maturing and learning to give and receive love in a world where poverty and hardship - and the spectre of past deeds - are never far from the family’s door.

 

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