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Norah's Children

Ann O'Farrell

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ISBN 10: 1605280240 / ISBN 13: 9781605280240
Published by iUniverse, 2008
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Title: Norah's Children

Publisher: iUniverse

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: Reprint.

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Well told and beautifully written fascinating and powerfully emotional.-Frank West, Irish American NewsIreland, 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 the four youngest children with Norah's elderly aunt, Bridgie. His plans inexplicably change the morning after his wedding. He refuses to take the children back, choosing to keep only the eldest, Pierce. He also steadfastly refuses to explain his decision. Aunt Bridgie is left to resolve the children's plight and find new homes for them.As the children grow to adulthood in greatly varied circumstances, the eldest daughter, Mary, becomes increasingly determined to reunite her family and understand why their father deserted them.The story of Norah's Children tugs at our hearts and 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.

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