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Of Irish Blood

Of Irish Blood

A Novel

Mary Pat Kelly

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It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.

Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.

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BRIDGEPORT, CHICAGO

JUNE 23, 1903

"We'll have to run for it, Ag." I can see Johnny Murphy forcing his old nags into the traffic on Archer Avenue. Miss the horse tram and I'll be late for work-again-and my niece Agnella...

Praise for Of Irish Blood

"What sets it apart from other novels about the Irish War of Independence is its feisty character development, feminist viewpoint, and excellent writing. It will have wide appeal to readers of both Irish history and historical novels, as well as those wishing to sink their teeth into a really good story."—Library Journal

"Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling novelist Mary Pat Kelly pens an immensely engrossing continuation of a story inspired by the life of her great aunt."—San Francisco Book Review

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Mary Pat Kelly

MARY PAT KELLY is the bestselling author of Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood. She worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures and in New York City as an associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Abby's Song, and she received her PhD from the City University of New York. Born and raised in Chicago, Kelly lives in Manhattan with her husband, Web designer Martin Sheerin.

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