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Fiction: The American Girl, By Rachael English , Hachette, €19

23rd April, 2017

Rachael English did not need to look far for the inspiration of her third and latest novel, The American Girl. On the acknowledgments page of the book, the RTÉ broadcaster writes that the spark came from hearing a Liveline episode where a woman spoke about discovering that her birth mother had come from the United States. The caller was born in one of the many mother and baby homes where unmarried women were consigned to...

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