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Voting Day
Voting Day

Voting Day


Fairlight Moderns


144 Pages, 4.25 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2022

ISBN 9781914148071

Rights: US & CA

Fairlight Books (Apr 2022)


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In February 1959, Switzerland held a referendum on women’s suffrage. The men voted ‘no’.In this powerful novella, Clare O’Dea explores that day through the eyes of four very different Swiss women. Vreni is a busy farmer’s wife, longing for a break from family life. Her grown-up daughter Margrit is carving out an independent life in Bern, but finds herself trapped in an alarming situation. Esther, a cleaner, is desperate to recover her son who has been taken into care. Beatrice, a hospital administrator, has been throwing herself into the ‘yes’ campaign. The four women’s paths intersect on a day that will leave its mark on all their lives.

Author Biography

Originally from Dublin, Clare O'Dea has lived in Switzerland since 2003. After studying French and Russian at Trinity College Dublin, she had a varied media career in Ireland, with a freelance stint in Russia. Clare worked for the state broadcaster (RTÉ), The Irish Times, Today FM, and the Gúna Nua Theatre Company. Her first nonfiction book, The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths, was published in 2016 by Bergli Books. A second updated edition followed in 2018. Clare turned to Ireland as a subject for her second book, The Naked Irish: Portrait of a Nation Beyond the Clichés.