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Ireland 1924. When Norah Kelly unexpectedly dies, her family s peaceful, rural life is shattered. Her husband, Brendan, decides he must seek a new wife, and temporarily places their four youngest children with an elderly aunt.
His plans inexplicably change the morning after his wedding. He refuses to take the children back, and will keep only the eldest, Pierce. He also steadfastly refuses to explain his decision. The aunt is left to resolve the children s plight and find new homes for them.
The subsequent story of Norah s Children holds us in its spell until the final, moving chapter.
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This story has been waiting a long time to be told. Norah's Children is a novel which has, at its heart, a truth. There was a Norah, though I'm not sure that she even spelled her name that way. Norah did have five children, and five different families ultimately took in those children. What those families were like, or how those children were actually reared, I do not know. I heard whispers long ago and, like the fine silk of a spider's web, they clung to me. I finally gathered those fragile threads and wove them within a story of "how it might have been."
If there are villains and victims in the story, it is because every story must have its villains and its victims. If there is a hero or a heroine it is because every story should have at least one. The characters, as they are depicted in my story, are conjured from my imagination. No offence or hurt to the memory of any real person is intended.
The original children are all gone. I don't believe they spoke much about their separate lives. In writing this book I wanted to honor them, and the trauma and sadness they must have experienced. Children are our legacy, our joy, and our responsibility. They begin their lives totally trusting in, and dependant on, our integrity. Too often their trust is misplaced.
Ann O Farrell has an MA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied drama and sociology. Married, to husband John for thirty-seven years, she has three sons and one grandson and is retired in Florida.
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Book Description iUniverse, Inc., 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110595406548
Book Description iUniverse, Inc., 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0595406548