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Author: Mary Gordon
"On Christmas night, 1998, Maria Meyers - a New York single mother with a radical past - receives a call from the State Department: her daughter, Pearl, who is studying abroad at Trinity College, Dublin, has chained herself to the flagpole outside the American embassy and has not eaten in six weeks. Pearl has written a statement saying that her ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400078073
ISBN-10: 1400078075
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Pearl on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Interesting concept: Girl goes on hunger strike in Ireland to support the peace processes and her unsuspecting mother and father-like figure physically travel to save her while also traveling back in time in their minds to understand how this happened. My problem with the book was the narrator: an offscreen voice which pulled me out of the story and distracted me.
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Helpful Score: 1
This novel takes you by surprise. You get a deep understanding of these charachters and see the world from thir eyes. A great read. It will make you want to call your mom(if you can).
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reviewed Pearl on
Mary Gordon writes of a coming of age and the problems of maturing with a mother daughter relationship. It takes place in Ireland and you can practically smell the streets. Pearl gets involved in an issue that seems to not concern her at first glance.