Sadie Jackson and Kevin McCoy, the feisty street scrappers of The Twelfth Day of July (1972), meet three years later and --...

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ACROSS THE BARRICADES

Sadie Jackson and Kevin McCoy, the feisty street scrappers of The Twelfth Day of July (1972), meet three years later and -- inevitably -- fall in love. But for a Protestant girl and a Catholic boy keeping company in working-class Belfast means that she is harassed by family and neighbors and sacked from her job, he is beaten up as a traitor by former friends, and -- the final blow that impels Kevin to leave the country -- the retired teacher who befriends and harbors them is killed by a bomb thrown into his house. The ending -- Kevin off for England, Sadie appearing on the last page announcing that she's going too -- is perhaps a cop-out but realistic options are limited. In any case Lingard gives us a clear view from the troubled streets and kitchens on both sides of the barricades, and her evident familiarity with the timely scene gives a firm vitality to this variation on an old story.

Pub Date: March 7, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Nelson

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973