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Irish Tweed (2009)

by Andrew Greeley

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The author's attempt at telling two stories of different life times in the same book failed. The tale of a young irish immigrant who rose to fame in Chicago as a doctor was somewhat gripping but had no transition to the main story of a family living in Ireland. I had a hard time finishing this book and would not recommend it. (Beate) ( )
  RapidCityPubLib | Oct 13, 2009 |
Another excellent book by Andrew Greeley. Especially appreciated by folks of Irish heritage but a good rea dfor everyone ( )
  maureen61 | May 3, 2009 |
The story starts out with Nuala in a free-for-all and, of course, winning. She's defending her kids and their school from bullies, two of whom are running the school. From there things only escalate and not in a positive way and, of course, the new cardinal (Blackie) will arrive, invisibly, as only he can, to help save the day.

The second story concerns the life of Angela Tierney, an Irish immigrant who goes on to be a great doctor in a time (late 1800s-early 1900s) when women we only begrudgingly accepted as physicians not matter how good they are, especially if they spout new doctrines that actually work to save lives.

This is a wonderful next edition to the Nuala McGrail saga. It is a book that keeps you reading, a book you don't put down until the end. ( )
  koalamom | Feb 28, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765322234, Hardcover)

Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley’s bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny, Julie, is courted by a new fellow. Dermot pores over a memoir of a famine refugee whose family died of a mysterious fever, looking for clues into the illness' real cause.

Father Greeley’s many fans look forward to each installment, and Irish Tweed is another captivating tale in a series by one of America’s best loved storytellers.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:44 -0400)

"Nuala Anne McGrail is many things: wife, mother, world-class singer, and a great wit. In the latest novel from Andrew M. Greeley, the irresistible problem-solver from Connemara warns her loyal, loving husband, Dermot Michael Coyne, that something evil is hanging over their family. But who could want to do them harm?" "The suspects are many. Nuala Anne and her teenage daughter have taken up taekwondo in an effort to fight off schoolyard bullies who have been creating chaos within the parish. And the Coynes' nanny, Julie, is being courted by a quiet young lawyer in an Irish tweed hat who has secrets about his own family. Meanwhile, Dermot pores over a memoir of another woman from Galway, an immigrant haunted by lingering spirits who arrived on America's shores after the death of her family during the famine and went on to become one of Chicago's finest doctors.""Tensions rise when a vicious attack on Julie's suitor brings old-country feuds and new-world politics into sharp focus. But even centuries cannot keep two fey women from communicating, and the voices of the past have much to teach. But for Dermot Michael and his beautiful wife, the fierce determination to love and make the world a better place will be put to the test when the fabric of their family faces real danger."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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