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Title:
Of Irish blood
Author:
Kelly, Mary Pat, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2015.
Physical Description:
512 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaine" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765329134
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Coll#65533;ge des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.

Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.


Author Notes

MARY PAT KELLY is the bestselling author of Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood . She worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures and in New York City as an associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live . She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Abby's Song, and she received her PhD from the City University of New York. Born and raised in Chicago, Kelly lives in Manhattan with her husband, Web designer Martin Sheerin.


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Booklist Review

Again, Kelly mines her own family's history in this engaging sequel to Galway Bay (2011). When Nora Kelly undertakes a career in fashion in turn-of-the century Chicago, she follows in the footsteps of a long line of spirited Kelly women. Falling under the spell of the charming but abusive Tim McShane, she risks her dreams, ambitions, and independence until Tim's threats and violent outbursts cause her to flee to Paris and the world of haute couture. Hobnobbing with a host of literary, artistic, and political luminaries on the eve of WWI, she is drawn into the struggle for Irish independence. Setting this tale of romance, intrigue, and derring-do between 1903 and 1922, Kelly packs a lot of drama into a relatively short period. Featuring plenty of action and a large cast of fictional and real-life characters, the ongoing saga of the Kelly clan will appeal to historical and Irish-American fiction fans.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2015 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In 1903, Nora Kelly, escaping an abusive lover, leaves her home in Chicago's Irish enclave for Paris. Her talents as a designer get her a job in a fashion house, sketching dresses and giving tours of the city to the house's wealthy clients. Soon she's hobnobbing with a Left Bank salon society of poets, intellectuals, and political activists. As the Great War looms and the battle for Irish independence intensifies, Nora's friends urge her to fight for her heritage. She becomes a spy for a time, launders French francs through her American bank account, and falls in love with a student researcher who's trying to preserve historic Irish manuscripts. He's also likely a spy. Nora is rapidly sucked into the maelstrom of the Irish rebellion and bears witness to its bloodshed and political turmoil. VERDICT Inspired by the life of the author's (Galway Bay) great-aunt, Nora's story is a broad sweeping historical saga; what sets it apart from other novels about the Irish War of Independence is its feisty character development, feminist viewpoint, and excellent writing. It will have wide appeal to readers of both Irish history and historical novels, as well as those wishing to sink their teeth into a really good story.-Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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