The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric. Published by Bloomsbury

In the mid 19th century Europeans were fascinated with hair – specifically women’s hair, the longer the better, so when seven penniless sisters from Ireland with long, beautiful hair began a stage act that included singing and dancing they were an instant sensation. It may seem strange to modern-day folks, but during the Great Famine, people were looking for ways to take their minds off their troubles and what better way to do it then gaze upon the spectacle of these seven sisters with the flowing hair. Their popularity takes them from Ireland all the way to Venice, where they are courted, admired, and loved by all who see them.

Based on the true story of the Swiney sisters, Lovric takes a little known piece of history and breathes it into full and colorful life. Impossible to put down.

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