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In The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, Roddy Doyle takes on what he calls “the great secret of Irish society”—spousal abuse. The novel marks a change of pace for the author, who is known for his drolly comic takes on family life among the Irish working class. (Two of the novels in Doyle’s “Barrytown trilogy”—The Commitments and The Snapper—have become successful feature films. The third, The Van, is due out this fall.) Doors is an offshoot of Doyle’s Family, an unsparing TV drama about domestic violence that caused a furor when it was broadcast in Ireland. The relentlessly bleak novel is narrated by Paula Spencer, an alcoholic battered wife whose 17-year marriage comes to an end when her husband is killed by the police during a robbery-murder. Doyle reads from Doors as part of the PEN/Faulkner series at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $13. For reservations call (202) 544-7077. (Nicole Arthur)