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The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

1997, Roddy Doyle


The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. It was adapted from the 1994 RTÉ/BBC miniseries Family.

The novel tells the struggle and survival of an abused wife named Paula Spencer. It is narrated by the victim. The title comes from an incident narrated in the book, where Paula's husband asks her how she received a bruise he was responsible for, and she replies that she "walked into a door." A sequel, Paula Spencer, was published in 2006. The narrative blends her recounting of the circumstances of her childhood, courtship and wedding day, with reflections on those events. The gathering drama is linked to the increasing awareness of moving towards a climax, which is on the one hand the outbreak of violence in her marriage, and on the other hand the violent death of her husband.

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