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Union Street Paperback – May 13 1982


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Powerful, painful and moving Nov. 15 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Barker surpases herself with this novel. This novel never reiceived as much acclaim as her price winning REGENERATION trilogy, and, to some extent, I agree the trilogy is more erudite than this gem called UNION STREET, but in terms of human feelings, this novel by far surpasses most of the books I have ever read. It very powerful moving. Barker shows a lot of feeling. Beware though, this book is very painful. I just had to put it aside on a couple of occasions. If you like it, try BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN, also by Barker.
Deep and Moving Jan. 27 2013
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Format: Paperback
Barker's book looks at the lives of women in a working-class neighborhood in northern England. Seven episodes examine the lives of women at every stage of life, from childhood to old age. It offers an unflinching look at the struggles of poverty and unrelenting work.

Sexuality is often dangerous, and the women of Union Street are subjected to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Their lives revolve around trying to take care of families and stretch resources. Each story is compelling, and I was touched by the stories of women barely holding body and soul together. This is a book that makes the reader feel deeply, feel thankful, and recognize much about women's lives, feelings, fears, and responsibilities. Through these stories the reader sees the sum total of a life- the hopes and fears, the pains and celebrations. This is a deeply moving book, and one that is well-worth reading.

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