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1940s & '50s

Mary Kate Brogan

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In nineteen-fifties Ireland, a devout Catholic girl wages war between God and the devil for the love of a man determined to become a priest until a fatal accident rocks the foundation of her hometown and challenges much of what she holds sacred.



Short Summary

MORNA is consumed with thoughts about her brother, TOM’S forthcoming marriage to BRIDGET, who bullied Morna as a child. Searching in Tom’s bureau she finds a letter confirming her suspicion that Bridget wants MAMA and Morna to leave their family home after Bridget and Tom's marriage.

Morna marries Sean, the town rebel. Her obsessive infatuation for Mairtin causes the breakdown of their marriage. After a lengthy separation they become reconciled. As Morna recognizes Máirtín as having feet of clay, she knows Sean is the man she truly loves. An Irish Republican Army ambush has left Sean at the point of death. Morna reveals that she is pregnant with his baby. The epilogue shows that Máirtín has left the seminary. In Belfast, when he invites Morna to have dinner with him, she says she never wants to endure his company again.


County Galway, Ireland. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

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Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details


Age: Fourteen to twenty-six

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Mairtin Tobin

Age: 16–28

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Educated,Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Sean Mulligan

Age: 18—29

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Aggressive,Aspiring,Charming,Blunt,Faithful,Decisive,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Fiona McLaughlin

Age: 14—26

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Melange Books

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