Growing up poor in rural Londonderry, the only girl in a musical family of 5, the only thing Mary wanted to do with her life was sing. But that wasn't an acceptable career for a good Catholic girl in the 1940s and 1950s. She hung out with her brothers and their sometimes bad-boy friends, though her mother pulled her into detested housework. Eventually she got pregnant. Her parents assumed she'd marry the father, but she refused to tell. So she ended up in a "home," not as bad as the ones that have been recently exposed, but bad enough. She gave up her son for adoption. Then she ran away, finding low-paying jobs, hoping to become a singer. Eventually she did, with ups and mostly downs on the way. The story ends with a much older man putting up the money to send her to London to make her way, in her early 20s. Interesting story, not very well written.
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