Marina Neary has written a fine novel about women and their roles in the late 19th, early 20th century struggles for Irish independence. Many of us knew from family tales of the "Troubles" of previous centuries, but I did not have an insider look like this one.
Told through the involvement of Helena Moloney with both James Connolly and Sean Connolly and Bulmer Hodson, as well as other women like Maude Gonne and Constance Markievicz. Helena started by raising the standards of women and children through alternative Irish oriented activities to substitute for the English ones.
Neary has presented those present at this time and place with very human loves, hates, fears and problems to replace the pillars they stand on historically. Extremely well written and impeccably researched, the story of these brave young and not so young fighters has been narrated to us.
Recommended to those who like all things Irish as well as historical fans. I appreciated the opportunity to review this book
About the Author ~ Marina Neary
I am an award-winning historical essayist, multilingual arts & entertainment journalist, published poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer. My historical tragicomedy Hugo in London featuring the adventures of the French literary genius in England during the Crimean War was produced in Greenwich in 2008. A sequel, Lady with a Lamp: an Untold Story of Florence Nightingale, is premiering in New York in the fall of 2009.
As a specialist on the obscure works of Victor Hugo, I have lectured at the French Alliance. My recently completed novel Wynfield's Kingdom, a narrative version of Hugo in London, represented by Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency, was published by Fireship Press.
In 2007 I was commissioned to collect and publish the memoirs of residents from an affluent retirement community in Stamford, CT. The project involved interviewing over forty senior citizens over the age of ninety. A new Connecticut-based leisure publication Norwalk Beat has recently brought me on board as a contributor with a focus on the entertainment industry in Connecticut. My poems have appeared in literary journals such as First Edition, Alimentum and The Recorder. After having a piece of short prose accepted by Bewildering Stories Magazine, I was invited to join the editorial staff.
In addition to my writing career, I have a career in the performing arts. I have starred in several independent art and horror films shot in CT and NY. In the 1990s I competed in various talent pageants in New England. You can reachme at M_J_Neary@hotmail.com. I love networking with fellow writers and actors.