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Black Baby

Clare Boylan

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

*A witty, perceptive novel on the unusual theme of adoption.

As a child Alice had paid the nuns half a crown to adopt a black baby from the mission in Africa - a baby that never appeared. Now a loveless spinster of sixty-seven, still yearning for a daughter, Alice's life is one of dull predictability, unbroken by the ritual visit from her middle-aged relatives.

Then one evening Dinah storms into her home. Bawdy, busty and black, enigmatic friend to the wayward and eccentric, Dinah is about to take on Dublin and transform Alice's life - creating a world of unlimited love and miraculous possibilities...

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Praise for Black Baby

  • Sexual generosity triumphs over terrified frigidity, warmth dries out cold, renewal stamps out decay... This is a novelist who alters one's ways of seeing - SUNDAY TIMES

  • Splendidly original and richly comic... the writing is a joy - IRISH TIMES

  • The book I have read with the greatest pleasure, amusement and deep sympathy - Molly Keane, SUNDAY TIMES

  • Humorous and inventive... it spills over with affections for strangeness and wayward warmth - THE TIMES

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Clare Boylan

Clare Boylan was the author of five novels and three volumes of short stories. Her last novel, ROOM FOR A SINGLE LADY, was published by Little, Brown in September 1997.

She died in May 2006.

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