Shedding Ailish

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Elizabeth Allen

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Ailish O’Hara escapes the Church, her family and ultimately Ireland with one objective – to forget. But no matter how far she runs or how deep she travels into the seductive world of pleasure seeking and defiant self-discovery, she cannot escape the theme of her childhood and the healing of family, who patiently await her return. Uncensored and deeply sensitive, Shedding Ailish is an unabashed and vulnerable coming of age story written with lyrical elegance and emotional candor. Ultimately it is a story of coming home.



Short Summary

In order to save herself from an unprotected childhood, seventeen year old Ailish escapes Ireland and travels the world, seeking out affection in unique ways, all the while trying to forget her family and the unhealed parts of her past.


Dublin, London, Los Angeles

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Sexual Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Ailish

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Insecure,Outspoken,Seductive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mother

Age: 47

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Leader, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Sarcastic, Unapologetic,Narcisstic,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Siobhan sister

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Strong Moral Code,Charming,Confident,Educated,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Niamh sister

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy, Insecure,Underdog,Insecure

About The Author

Born and raised in Ireland, the author won a Green Card in the Lottery in the early 90's and transplanted to California. This is her first novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Createspace

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available