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Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry (Book Review)

Henry, Deborah. The Whipping Club. s.l.: T.S. Poetry Press, 2012.

This is the story of an Irish Catholic woman and Jewish man who fell in love with one another. She began pregnant and was encouraged by her priest to give up the child to an orphanage run by Catholics with the understanding that the child would likely be adopted by an American family. Years later after she and her lover are married and have a child, she becomes aware that the boy is still in Ireland at the orphanage. She and her husband attempt to regain custody of their child, but they are met with resistance. Will they succeed in their efforts? What will happen to the child?


This is not a story for everyone. The abuse suffered by the child is extreme, and it's definitely not for the squeamish. The writing was a bit uneven. The characters were not as developed as they could have been. It's a scathing indictment of the homes for unwed mothers and orphanages run by the Catholics.

This review was based on an e-galley provided by the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation that a review would be written.

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