The Snapper

by Roddy Doyle

The Snapper

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Sharon Rabitte is single, pregnant, and living in Dublin, and as her stomach grows, her situation elicits a wide range of responses from her family and community. By the author of The Commitments. Reprint.

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Three Cheers (And Three Books) For Mummy Dearest

At the beginning of this novel, 20-year-old, single Sharon is telling her parents that she's pregnant. Instead of histrionics, her mother wearily corrects her grammar and her father invites her down to the pub for a drink. The story unfolds from Sharon's announcement to the birth of her "snapper." It should be a depressing read: Sharon works as a shelf-stacker, became pregnant when she was too drunk to know what she was doing and lives in a small house with her large family. Instead it's a

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