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Dear Agent for a Day,
I understand from Nathan Bransford’s blog that you are seeking queries for review as part of the ‘Be an Agent for a Day’ event. I have a 90,000 word complete MS entitled ROSIE’S CHILD available for your consideration.
Motherhood, they say, is a biological fact, while fatherhood is a social construction. While you may wonder who your father is, there’s never any question who your mother is.
At least, that’s what most people think.
When Rosie Martin, a good-time girl living and drinking in West Cork, Ireland, in the 1940s, falls pregnant outside of wedlock, her first thought is for her childless best friend, Elizabeth McCarthy, unable to conceive after six years of marriage. Together, they hatch a plan to organise an adoption in a society wholly dependent on secrets and lies, where there are no adoption laws and where unmarried mothers can expect to be incarcerated and enslaved.
And when Jack McCarthy dies suddenly in 2007, his daughter Hannah is bequeathed a house she didn’t know he owned. Desperate to find out the secrets her father took to his grave, Hannah embarks on a quest to find out how he came to own a house belonging to his mother’s reclusive neighbour, and uncovers a strange love story she could never have imagined in an era she struggles to understand.
The novel is best classified as literary fiction and is set in Ireland, alternating between the 1940s and the present day. I am previously unpublished and ROSIE’S CHILD is my first novel.
Thank you for your time,
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