Lizzie Conway has clawed her way out of the Gorbals slums despite a crippling burden of debt left by her husband. She would do anything to protect her daughters from the violence of Glasgow's mean streets. To give them a better life, Lizzie sacrifices her own chance at happiness to break the endless round of poverty that engulfs them.

But now the girls are grown: Polly has a secure post with the borough council, Babs is a clerk, and even Rosie, whose life is marred by deafness, is set to find work that suits her talents.

Lizzie soon discovers that her strength and determination are not enough to protect her girls from falling in love with men as tough and feckless as their father. Yet Lizzie is a fighter to the bitter end-and so, as she learns, are her daughters.

Jessica Stirling brings Glasgow of the 1930s to vivid, vibrant life in this unforgettable story of an indomitable family of women.


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Prized Possessions
by Jessica Stirling

St. Martin's Press
August 1, 2001
ISBN #0312280572
416 pages
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