Books The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry Hardcover, 300 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $24.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Secret ScriptureAuthorSebastian Barry Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Recording the events of her life from a mental hospital as her hundredth birthday approaches, Roseanne McNulty considers returning to society when she learns that the hospital is about to close. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Secret Scripture Summer Books 2008: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Secret Scripture' May 23, 2008 A 100-year-old woman wracks her mind in a hunt for memories in Sebastian Barry's novel. Memory and history often conflict in this mesmerizing saga, as seemingly small decisions have large consequences, and different versions of the same facts collide on the page.