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.
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… 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
... An absorbing story … sharply observed characters … a rich portrait of rural Ireland in the '20s and '30s … an engrossing, convincing family saga. ... Kirkus Discoveries
Well told and beautifully written ... fascinating and powerfully emotional. ... Frank West, Irish American News
Poignant, heart-rending narrative … an eloquent novel of immense sorrow. ... Sharon Greer, The Celtic Connection
...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
... a compelling story that easily kept my attention. ... Home School Book Review
... a wonderful read and I didn't want the story to end. .. Linda Burg www.littlereadbook.com
… one of those books that stay in your mind. A brilliant read. ... JG
I absolutely loved Norah’s Children. What a page turner…….I read it in two days. Can’t wait to find out what happened to Michael. ...A. Sabada, Ontario, Canada