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The Marriage Bed

A Novel

Regina McBride


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Deirdre O'Breen is fourteen when she flees the primitive Great Blasket Island, leaving a stunning family secret in her wake before she arrives on the mainland. There, she finds a foreign, civilized world -- and Manus, the architect son of a wealthy, devout family. Together Deirdre and Manus build a marriage that, like Dublin itself, is fraught with hope and threatened by legacies. When Deirdre's secret resurfaces, she is forced to confront the questions "How much of our parents do we carry? Do their sins and frailties shape who we become to our own children?"

Praise For The Marriage Bed: A Novel

"Regina McBride writes in a shimmering and hypnotic prose style...."
-- Emily White, The New York Times Book Review

"Propelled by a consuming passion for character, language, and place....The Marriage Bed is mixed with lusty doses of religion, art, and sexuality."
-- Elle

"Subtle and textured...explores the ties that bind and break in motherhood and marriage."
-- The Dallas Morning News

"Regina McBride carries us across the sea and into her characters' lives with pure poetry. Any modern woman will recognize Deirdre's journey to reconcile her past and present."
-- Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper

Atria Books, 9780743254991, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2005

About the Author

Regina McBride is the author of The Nature of Water and Air and The Land of Women. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts, she lives in New York City.