There’s a scene in the new novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín where Nora Webster, a grieving small-town widow in Wexford, makes a snap decision to get her greying hair dyed. When she emerges from Bernie’s hair salon, she understands her harsh brown barnet is dreadful. It’s the hairdo of a younger woman and she is mortified. It’s the 1960s in Wexford, and the last thing Nora wants is to be the kind of woman...
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