Sunday is usually a day of rest but during the campaign, many organisations take this opportunity to raise the issue of violence against women in local churches.
Today is Day 5 of the 16 Days Campaign and it is also International Human Rights Defenders Day. Check out the ‘Defending Women – Defending Rights’ Campaign.
Take the time to look at the international calendar of events for the 16 Days Campaign. Events to raise awareness about the abuse of women’s human rights are taking place all across the globe including South Africa, England, the United States, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Australia, and the Philippines.
Day 5: This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (2008)
With This Charming Man, Marian Keyes hits her stride as a novelist with her best novel yet, telling the stories of four women who are shaped by one man
Paddy de Courcy is Ireland’s debonair politician, the “John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin.” His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. But though Paddy’s winning smile is fooling Irish minds, the broken hearts he’s left in his past offer a far more truthful look into his character.
Narrated in turn by each woman, This Charming Man explores how their love for this one man has shaped their lives. But in true Marian Keyes fashion, this is more than a story of four love affairs. It’s a testament to the strength women find in themselves through work, friendship, and family, no matter what demons may be haunting their lives. Depression, self-doubt, domestic abuse—each of these women has seen tough times in life, and it’s through Keyes’s wonderful storytelling ability that these subjects are approached with the appropriate tone and candor. Her deft touch provides a gripping story and, ultimately, a redemptive ending.