The Magadalen Girls by V.S. Alexander. Published by Kensington

The Convent od the Sister of the Holy Redemption is no place for a young girl in 1960’s Dublin, but unfortunately, many young women find themselves there. Unwed mothers, mentally ill or “promiscuous ” women are all there to serve as slave labor. Young Tegan Tiernan is placed in the convent after her father becomes convinced she is behaving inappropriately towards the new priest in town. Tegan languishes by herself until she meets Nora Craven. The girls are given new names and not permitted any contact with the outside world. They find an unlikely ally in Lea, who ultimately helps the girls plot their escape. This is a very dark portrayal of the Church, and from what I have read, sadly, it mostly accurate

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