By telling the story of one family's survival, this novel attempts to bring healing and understanding of the invisible scar of the Famine which lies deeply rooted in the Irish psyche.
NORAH: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York City
As Norah McCabe tries to free herself from the limitations of poverty, gender, and class, she experiences corruption, exploitation, and enchantment in a city that is forever mythic and magical. As she struggles against the terrors and questions of life, heartbreakingly and quixotically she stumbles and falls into her real self in this coming-of-age, adventurous, romantic, historical novel.
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"Hope dances in the darkness..."
Hope In New York City
The sequel continues the saga of Nora McCabe and her family now dwelling in New York City where they encounter poverty and racism as Irish Catholics and immigrants.
Cynthia G. Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York and now resides in New Hampshire. She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Great Hunger. She enjoys Irish set dancing, traveling, reading, art classes, baking fanciful desserts, hiking, kayaking, creating events that include food and dance, laughing until it hurts, and dreaming about possibilities. NORAH is her first historical novel for adults.
Ms. Neale also writes plays, short stories, and essays, and holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Vermont College. She is currently researching and writing another adult historical novel telling the story of Queen Catherine, a Native American whose village was destroyed by General John Sullivan in 1779. And she is working on a collection of recipes and memories, to be titled Pavlova in a Hatbox.
The Author is available for educational events in schools, libraries, bookstores, and other venues. Her presentations inspire and challenge adults and children to learn about hunger relief, immigration, and to create their own American Dream.
Fees are dependent on cost of travel and type and duration of the event.