Maria knows she will die soon. More than anything, she longs to ask Kathleen for forgiveness, but she has no idea where her daughter has been for the past thirty years. With nothing left to lose, she confesses to her son, Darius, that she sent his fourteen-year-old sister to a Magdalene laundry in Ireland and begs him to find her.
Haunted by his own childhood abuse, Darius can't seem to hold onto the good relationships in his life; now, on top of the disturbing revelation about his long-lost sister, he faces the wreckage of his marriage and estrangement from his gay son. When his attempts to find his sister keep proving fruitless, he decides to distract himself with online dating...and discovers a prime candidate in Faye.
A widow and mother of three, Faye is still recovering from an abusive marriage that destroyed her confidence. Although she doesn't initially find Darius attractive, she enjoys spending time with him and empathizes with his sister's plight.
As the compellingly flawed characters weave in and out of each other's lives, The Catholic Woman's Dying Wish tackles the question of whether abuse survivors can heal and move on...or whether they remain broken victims of their past.
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About the Author
Joanna Warrington is a novelist and a funeral celebrant. Having attended a Catholic secondary school in the 1970s as a Protestant (who craved a drop of communion wine!), she now often conducts funerals for families-several having grown up in the Catholic faith in Ireland and in Liverpool, England. Through her work she has met women who have been incarcerated in the Magdalene laundries and convents. As a divorcee and prolific dater, Warrington has learned about depression, child abuse, erectile dysfunction, and stepparenting from her own experiences and through the people she's encountered. She tackles all of these issues in her second novel, The Catholic Woman's Dying Wish.