Norah's Children

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About the author:
Irish writer Ann O'Farrell holds a Master's Degree from Trinity College, Dublin. She is the author of the Irish historical trilogy, 'Norah's Children,' 'Michael,' and Going Home. Ann has recently completed 'Kitty's Hive,' her fourth novel set in 1950's Dublin.
In addition to her novels, Ann's short stories and articles, humorous and serious, have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

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Norah's Children

Authored by Ann O'Farrell

How much is an individual the product of his or her upbringing? To what extent is the sense of family, its pride and bonding, a part of an individual's soul and character?
Ann O'Farrell narrates a story of a family's inexplicable dissolution-five children tragically split and cast off to separate worlds. In the span of fourteen formative years their story unfolds, touching the very core of what is the essence of family and attachment.
Set in the rural Ireland of the 1920's and 30's, the tale is wonderfully painted in expressive detail, settings and emotion. This is a mindful and moving experience reflective of parents, siblings, and those of us sensitive to today's family-based challenges and values.

An absorbing story ... sharply observed characters ... a rich portrait of rural Ireland in the '20s and '30s ... an engrossing, convincing family saga.
Kirkus Discoveries

A story full of lilting phrases ... poignant scenes ... tear at the heartstrings. ... an explosive finale ... that stops readers cold. O'Farrell's account stands as stark testimony to a fearsome era and .... (a) searing tale of profound loss.
Mary McWay Seaman, The Celtic Connection, Denver

Well told and beautifully written ... fascinating and powerfully emotional.
Frank West, Irish American News

As real as the blood flowing through my veins. Incredible heartache ... (yet) a real display of the true spirit of family.
Mary Jo Sullivan, Midwest Irish Focus

An inspirational story ...
Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review

Poignant, heart-rending narrative ... an eloquent novel of immense sorrow.
Sharon Greer, The Celtic Connection

A compelling story that easily kept my attention.
Home School Book Review

A compelling and sensitive story of family. Ann O'Farrell is a gifted writer and storyteller. Her characters are so real that it sometimes is difficult to remember that it's a novel. It is a wonderful read and I didn't want the story to end. ...
Linda Burg. The Little Read Book Store, Wauwatosa, WI

O'Farrell is a highly gifted writer ... unable to put Norah's Children down, reading "just one more chapter" to see what will unfold next. I am already looking forward to the sequel, "Michael".
Angelo Giambra, author of 'Oranges and Eggs.'

Captivating! O'Farrell draws you in with her sensitive depiction of life in Ireland. There is such a charm and bittersweet beauty in the writing.
Georgia Post, author of 'Arsenic Soup for the Lover's Soul.'

Following the great tradition of Irish story-telling.
Mary T Dresser, author of 'Twilight of Grandeur.

Publication Date:
1463677294 / 9781463677299
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical / General

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