Bloomington, IN, December 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- What became of Michael?
O’Farrell’s latest novel tells the story of the youngest of Norah’s Children.
In Michael, author Ann O’Farrell answers the question on the lips of everyone that read her debut novel, Norah’s Children, “Where’s Michael?”
Michael, the youngest son of Norah and Brendan Kelly, has lost all contact with his family long before the conclusion of Norah’s Children. What happened to him after the family was scattered? Does he remember, or even know about them?
In this sequel, O’Farrell takes readers back to the beginning of Michael‘s time in England, when Jim Porter decides to leave young Michael in the care of his spinster sister, Wyn, as an insurance for her old age. Though reluctant to take him in, she is happy to take the money that her brother gives her for his care. As she rears the small boy her words and ways are harsh, but is there any love for the lonely child?
Over time Michael forgets about his parents, his family and Ireland. O’Farrell beautifully weaves family letters throughout her novels but Michael is kept from receiving those from his oldest sister, Mary. The younger sister, Sheelagh, tries to discover why.
“Mary says she writes to you, but you never write back,” she said tentatively.
“I never got any letters.”
“I don’t know, do I?”
“She thought you just didn’t care.”
Michael sat quietly toying with one of the jigsaw pieces. He looked across at his sister. “Why wouldn’t I care? Of course I’d care.”
“Why don’t you ask Aunty Wyn about them now, when you go home?”
He nodded, but his thoughts were elsewhere. Was his sister telling the truth? … But then, why on earth would his sister lie to him?
Once Michael learns about the letters his life begins to change. But what is in his future? Will the old lady, or his family, finally win his loyalty and his affection?
“O’Farrell’s sensitive treatment makes Michael compelling... She has a keen sense of place and social milieu that sharpens her observations of the characters’ psychological conflicts...A rich, moving exploration of the meaning of family, in all its guises.” —Kirkus Discoveries Reviews
About the author
Ann O’Farrell has a master’s degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied drama and sociology. O’Farrell worked as a theater director and a drama therapist until she and her husband, John, retired to Florida in 2001. Following her retirement, O’Farrell began her fiction writing and has had several humorous short articles and stories published in newspapers and magazines. Her second historical novel, Michael, is based on the youngest son in Norah’s Children. O’Farrell has three sons and two grandsons. Visit her online at www.annofarrell.net
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