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ISBN13: 9780312361914
ISBN10: 0312361912
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In 1946 rural Ireland, Brideen Conway has her heart set on Kieran McDermot, but one thing stands in the way of their union. The couple can't afford to marry, and Kieran's curmudgeonly father won't pass down the family farm. Kieran faces the unpleasant possibility of leaving Brideen behind to find his fortune in England.

Meanwhile, wealthy pub owner Austin Glynn has more than enough money to offer a substantial dowry, if only someone would take an interest in his daughter Aideen. Kieran's feckless older brother Martin volunteers to take Aideen's hand, though the rest of the village suspects he's interested more in Austin's dowry than in his daughter.

When Martin disappears after his proposal and is believed to be dead, the parish priest Father Donovan sets in motion a plot to see Brideen and Kieran wed. After all, so what if the dowry might change hands a few more times than is entirely usual, as long as the couple can tie the knot?

In The Dowry, Walter Keady spins a winsome tale in the best traditions of Irish literature, applying a wealth of charm and graceful wit to this story of love, money, and marriage.

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"The young people of Coshlawn Crann in rural Ireland simply aren't marrying and properly propagating in the hardscrabble postwar 1946. It's all about the economy, and Father Donovan isn't above using the power of his collar to lean on two locals who can get something done: rich skinflint farmer Tom McDermott and publican Austin Glynn (some of whose wealth comes from bank robberies long ago in the Bronx). Tom's older son, Martin, the town Lothario, soon finds himself engaged to Austin's daughter, Aideen, a good-hearted girl with a face 'like the back of a bus.' Biking home from popping the question, Martin runs into Barney Murphy's donkey on the bridge, tumbles into the river and is believed drowned. He quickly decides to stay dead and slips off to London — where he soon wearies of actually having to work and starts dreaming about Aideen's dowry. Ex-priest Keady (The Altruist) writes with authority about matters of the church. He's also a sharp plotter, and his characters shine: from Brideen Conway, the comely schoolteacher Father Donovan loves a little too much, to strap-happy schoolmaster Alphonsus Finnerty, who secretly writes romances as 'Laura Devon.' The multiple happy endings may be inevitable, but they're earned." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A vivid, easy-reading period piece." Booklist

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"[T]his winning effort from former priest Keady...can be forgiven its cliches. Charming Celtic comedy of manners." Kirkus Reviews

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"Keady's folksy, conspiratorial tone is truly irresistible." Washington Post Book World

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"Keady is a refreshing new voice in Irish fiction." Library Journal

About the Author

Walter Keady was born and educated in Ireland. He was ordained and served as a Catholic missionary priest in Brazil for several years. After leaving the priesthood he moved to the United States where he has lived ever since. His previous novels include Celibates and Other Lovers, Mary McGreevy, and The Altruist. He lives in New York.

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Gail Lancaster, August 5, 2007 (view all comments by Gail Lancaster)
Desperate to fulfill his obligations as a priest and a De Valerian, Father Donovan masterminds a simple plan to provide dowries for the marriageable girls of Coshlawn Crann. Naturally things go wrong. Written with an obvious delight in the many twists and turns of life and of human nature, reading this "novel of Ireland" is like a cozy gossip with an old friend.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312361914
Subtitle:
A Novel of Ireland
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Keady, Walter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Edition Description:
Us
Publication Date:
20070320
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.71 x 0.885 in

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Product details 224 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312361914 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The young people of Coshlawn Crann in rural Ireland simply aren't marrying and properly propagating in the hardscrabble postwar 1946. It's all about the economy, and Father Donovan isn't above using the power of his collar to lean on two locals who can get something done: rich skinflint farmer Tom McDermott and publican Austin Glynn (some of whose wealth comes from bank robberies long ago in the Bronx). Tom's older son, Martin, the town Lothario, soon finds himself engaged to Austin's daughter, Aideen, a good-hearted girl with a face 'like the back of a bus.' Biking home from popping the question, Martin runs into Barney Murphy's donkey on the bridge, tumbles into the river and is believed drowned. He quickly decides to stay dead and slips off to London — where he soon wearies of actually having to work and starts dreaming about Aideen's dowry. Ex-priest Keady (The Altruist) writes with authority about matters of the church. He's also a sharp plotter, and his characters shine: from Brideen Conway, the comely schoolteacher Father Donovan loves a little too much, to strap-happy schoolmaster Alphonsus Finnerty, who secretly writes romances as 'Laura Devon.' The multiple happy endings may be inevitable, but they're earned." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A vivid, easy-reading period piece."
"Review" by , "[T]his winning effort from former priest Keady...can be forgiven its cliches. Charming Celtic comedy of manners."
"Review" by , "Keady's folksy, conspiratorial tone is truly irresistible."
"Review" by , "Keady is a refreshing new voice in Irish fiction."
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