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Of Irish Blood

Bestselling Irish-American author Mary Pat Kelly draws upon family heritage in her remarkable historical fiction series Of Irish Blood. The first book, Galway Bay 1832-1893, tells the story of how Honora Keely Kelly escapes from the Great Starvation of 1840s Ireland and brings her five children to the hardscrabble town of Chicago. Of Irish Blood 1893-1922 follows her American born granddaughter to Paris, then into the Irish War of Independence. The saga continues in Irish Above All, which takes the Kellys to the height of political power and influence as Honora’s grandson Ed becomes Mayor Of Chicago and creates the political machine instrumental in the election of John F Kennedy.

Mary Pat Kelly‘s trilogy of historical fiction uses her own family history to evoke the tragedies and triumph of the Irish American experience.

“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

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    • Of Irish Blood (Volume 3)
      Mary Pat Kelly
      Tor/Forge

    • Mary Pat Kelly draws upon family heritage to continue the story of Nora Kelly--begun in Of Irish Blood--with a striking novel of historical fiction in Irish Above All.

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    • Of Irish Blood

    • Of Irish Blood (Volume 2)
      Mary Pat Kelly
      Tor/Forge

    • 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...

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Mary Pat Kelly

Mary Pat Kelly is the author of Of Irish Blood, as well as the bestselling novel Galway Bay and Special Intentions. She has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures, and as an associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film Proud, starring Ossie Davis and Stephen Rea, and three award-winning PBS documentaries: To Live for Ireland, Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland, and Proudly We Served: The Men of the U.S.S. Mason, the last two based on her books. Kelly's other books include two about the film director Martin Scorsese and Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she received her PhD. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Born and raised in Chicago, she lives on New York's Upper West Side with her husband app developer Martin Sheerin from County Tyrone, Ireland.