THE SCATTERED SEEDS TALES FROM THE GREAT MELTING POT
MAURA (CLU) GALLAGHER
A MEMORY FOR MIRRY, THE SCATTERED SEEDS BOOK 3
The novel is fiction and the story line spans over a hundred years. However, it opens in 2008 in Pittsburgh. Two women immigrants to America, one young and one old, both writers and meeting for the first time, are strangers on the surface but each had their life destroyed by war. A story within a story, they discover a commonality. As each woman explores the mysteries of her heritage and culture, they share the most intimate details of their lives through a weekend of marathon story telling. Their stories take the reader on a journey through Time and the distance of three continents. I included a surpise ending that suggests there may be a sequel to this, the first book in my new collection and based upon my beloved first novel, SHATTERED SEEDS: "SOFIA'S STORY" which placed in the Quarterfinals at ABNA in 2010 . . . I have added two more volumes in the series. They are not sequential but stand alone literary, historical American fictions: DARBY'S ROAD and A MEMORY FOR MIRRY.
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In today's world, Darby Martin, an Irish murderer, would be considered an illegal immigrant to the United States. However, in his world in 1855, he joined thousands of other Irish who left their beloved homeland seeking refuge and freedom from oppression. Many of them never made it to their destinations. Rather, they found graves in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Darby was one of the fortunate ones and his 'Road to Righteousness' was paved with lies and deception as he tried to hide his past. He became America's new hero in a Civil War about abolishing slavery. Unfortunately for his children, especially his son, Tommy, his lies become his children's legacy delivered in a message from his grave.
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In 1950 America saw the growth of 'Baby Boomers', those born after WWII. It was a time of change but especially for women and their roles in American society. As I remembered growing up during this time, I was inspired to write this novel about a little girl who loses her innocence due to senseless violence and how her widowed young mother deals with it. 'Numquam Obliviscar' is the Scottish Motto for her paternal great grandfather's family of lighthouse keepers. It means 'I will never forget' but despite living at the MacIvor family's first lighthouse in America during her early childhood, she has no memory of those early days with her beloved 'Grandpa Mac'. Now, all grown up with a child of her own, she returns to the lighthouse that she had inherited, a place that harbors all the secrets of her past.
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