(From the publisher):
When Valerie O'Connor first lays eyes on dashing young Air Force veteran Jack Marsh in the summer of 1955, she falls instantly and hopelessly in love.
A sheltered and innocent eighteen-year-old from a large, loving Irish Catholic family, she has been taught that a wife should be subservient to her husband and a mother must keep her family together no matter what. She has no idea that she is about to enter a marriage that is doomed from the start. In years to come, Valerie will say nothing when Jack, now an airline mechanic, comes home after midnight, silent and emotionally distant. She will ignore the shirts that smell of strange perfume and the handkerchiefs smeared with suspicious lipstick stains. She will endure the bouts of drunken rage, the sudden bursts of violence, the morning-after scenes of chocking remorse. And she will discuss none of this with her children, themselves too terrified to speak lest they become their father's next victims.
As they grow up, the five Marsh children will carve out their own very different futures and manage to escape this fractured home. But they will never escape the devastating effects it has on their lives.
Original title: Behind Closed Doors
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives