Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road (Penguin Young Readers 2016) is a recent YA fantasy novel by Katherine Catmull. Our protagonist is fourteen-year-old Clare, daughter of a traveling geologist. After moving about the United States, Clare and her father return to her birthplace of Ireland, back into the ancient, mysterious stone home in which she was born, where her mother’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Book Review: The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

The Fire Opal by Regina McBride is one of the most unusual novels I've read, a spooky and ethereal fantasy. Maeve O’Tullagh is a sixteenth century teen on the coast of Ireland. Surrounding the dank atmosphere of her hometown, Ard Macha, and its mysterious ruins, is an echo of centuries past, when goddess queens ruled, and … Continue reading Book Review: The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

Book Review: Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley

Gritty, melancholy and dark, Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley was a haunting read. Set in Ireland around 500 A.D., our main character, the tiny Gwynneve, has the rare gift of literacy. It's her job to copy passages of the Bible in the convent where she lives. But in the dead of night, she secretly … Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley

Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The compelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of Frank McCourt’s childhood, Angela’s Ashes is the story of the McCourt family in the 1940s. Their story starts in New York City, where Frank spent his earliest years, but soon the family returned to their native Ireland. The poorest family in their village, Frank’s father was an alcoholic who … Continue reading Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Book Review: Dear America: So Far From Home, The Diary of Mary Driscoll, An Irish Mill Girl (Lowell, Massachusetts 1847) by Barry Denenberg

Mary travels from Ireland to the U.S. to work in a mill so that she can earn money to send to her family at home. This book is very rich with imagery; it is very easy for one to picture the craggy shores of Ireland and the bustling streets of Lowell, MA while reading. In … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: So Far From Home, The Diary of Mary Driscoll, An Irish Mill Girl (Lowell, Massachusetts 1847) by Barry Denenberg