Tara Road Analysis
1) Tara Road is the tale of two women, one from Ireland, one from America, who switch houses for the summer. In doing so, they learn much about each other, as well as much about themselves.
Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her husband, Danny and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son?s death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.
Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Ria seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria?s children, as well as Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the
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