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Here Among Us [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Harryman
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Book Description

When unemployed San Francisco attorney, Flynn O’Shea, and her teenage daughter, Didi, are summoned to New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday by Flynn’s socialite sister, Maeve, she expects a fight.

After all, she has been battling Maeve most of her life. Disagreeing about the extent of their Irish mother’s creeping dementia and the fate of the family’s thriving restaurant business, named for their beloved, long dead father, Paddy, is surely a recipe for a world-class brawl.

What Flynn doesn’t expect is the fragile truce the sisters forge to save O’Shea’s from the clutches of Maeve’s scheming husband, Jeffrey. Flynn and Maeve are reluctantly aided by their forty-four-year-old brother, Osheen, a handsome Peter Pan still cruising the Jersey shore, getting high and dodging responsibility.

And while Didi tries to convince her mother that “everything is as it should be,” just when Flynn is sure she’s gained the upper hand on Jeffrey, her own mother’s shocking confession sends her into a wine-soaked tailspin and forces her to deal once and for all with the ghosts of her past. Devastated, Flynn must choose to save O’Shea’s or risk losing forever all she has left of her father.

In Here Among Us, the O’Sheas find themselves dealing with the very timely issue of Alzheimer’s, a disease that strips the victim's identity and wreaks havoc on the family left to pick up the pieces. But Flynn, Osheen and Maeve’s troubles began long before their mother started to “slip.” For the O’Sheas, much of their shared angst is rooted in the single most devastating event of their lives—the death of their father when they were young children. The novel explores not only how deep wounds can seem impossible to heal, but how the O'Sheas' refusal to let go of the stories they desperately cling to about who they are, threatens to hasten their demise.

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“Here Among Us, by Maggie Harryman, is a book I couldn't put down. Flynn and her college-ready daughter, Didi, fly east for a Thanksgiving family reunion, a holiday during which the family comes together, falls apart, and ultimately comes together again--the same but forever changed. The O'Shea children grew up helping their late father and still very much alive mother run an Irish pub and restaurant in New Jersey, and the connections forged in that pub are still the important connections in their lives. Flynn, whose story this is, has fled this scene for San Francisco but finds herself drawn back into all the old currents of love and strife she thought she'd left behind. Here she reconnects with Michael, whom she didn't choose first time around, but with whom she finds herself getting a second chance, a chance she's not sure she's ready for.

These are the Irish and they love to talk and the talk is always smart and more often than not, piercingly funny. Harryman has a pitch-perfect ear and an eye for the telling detail.”

Robin Beeman is the author of three works of fiction: A Parallel Life and Other Stories, A Minus Tide, and The Lost Art of Desire.

Editorial Reviews


Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite

Author Maggie Harryman has created a highly-readable story of an Irish family in modern-day America. The characters, Flynn, Maeve, Osheen, Oona, Didi and their family friends and neighbors are unforgettable as they battle and then reconcile with each other. Author Harryman creates images such as Flynn's always taking the window seat in her flights on airplanes (p.20), "imagining that her father was out there in the clouds." The book is full of witty remarks like the one we find on page 121 where Osheen is presented as "a flawed and broken man who had spent the better part of his life learning the lessons only angry women can teach." The reader will treasure these expressions and the author's lyrical writing style that makes "Here Among Us" a masterpiece.

From the Author

Please visit my website at and read my story on Amazon: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Michael Duffy Has Arisen!

Product Details

  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Straight On True (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LAW4M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Compelling Read October 15, 2012
By Stefano
Format:Kindle Edition
By the time Flynn O'Shea had finished her first glass of wine, I felt like I was sitting around a table with a good friend that I hadn't seen for far too long. I promptly poured myself a glass and settled in to this lovely read.

Even though I grew up on the west coast, the O'Shea family felt comfortingly familiar. Each twist and turn of the plot kept me rooting for them as individuals and as a unit. I was on edge each time the weight of past and present injustices threatened to crush their bonds for good, and happily relieved when their deep love and willingness to protect with both brain and brawn prevailed.

Ms. Harryman writes with grace and humor, and I was smitten with her realistic portrayal of each family member's warts-and-all relationship with themselves, each other, and the community they share. I highly recommend Here Among Us for every woman seeking her place in this world, as well as anyone who enjoys exploring the shifting dynamics of multi-generational family relationships.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HERE AMONG US October 8, 2012
By Ivyrose
Format:Kindle Edition
The story weaves the past and present together like a celtic knot while adding the always present witty Irish humor to boot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old family secrets December 8, 2012
By Kat
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Out of work sports attorney Flynn O'Shea and her daughter Didi go back to her hometown to
see Flynn's mother Oona and her beautiful sister Maeve and brother Osheen. Maeve says that
their mother is failing and has Alzheimer's. Flynn doesn't believe it at first as old feelings
and arguments between the siblings distract her. Then old and new secrets come to light as
Maeve's husband Jeffrey threatens to take the three O'Shea family restaurants, the money and
their son Declan from everyone. How can they save themselves and the business? Worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching heartfelt story December 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this novel for my honest review. Alzheimer's is a pretty tragic disease, and Here Among Us does an excellent job describing how a family deals with the issues that come up and figuring out what's fact and what's fiction. This was a great book, and you could feel for each character. I think out of all of them, I related to Flynn the most. Returning home for Thanksgiving, she felt like an outsider getting glimpses of her siblings' lives. The close unit they once had been was no longer there. She'd grown up and had her own life 3000 miles away while everyone else stayed behind. It also broke my heart that none of the three kids had ever gotten over their dad's death, which had occurred when they were little kids. Now as adults, seeing their mom losing her faculties was more than they could bear. This is a fantastic book about acceptance, family, love, letting go and moving on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read! December 17, 2012
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What a wonderful story! The descriptive writing and in depth character development makes you feel like you are there..."among them". Anyone who is a part of any family will appreciate the deep bonds and dysfunctional dynamics revealed in this book, that are a part of every family, in every part of the world. Specifically, the religious factor of the first generation, Irish Catholic part of the story and the trans-continental distance of Flynn her daughter (San Francisco to New Jersey) from the rest of the family make it a very familiar story in this day and age. It is an enjoyable read with surprising twists and turns woven together with some beautiful writing, and a touch of Irish Humor that just makes you nod your head and laugh. A great story that just takes you away and puts you in another place and time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! July 10, 2013
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This is a good story with well developed characters. About a dysfunctional family that somehow manages to support each other, I enjoyed it more and more as I read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...what happened February 26, 2013
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Have to say the story was wonderful and writing well done but by the time I finished the book there were a few loose ends that I was really upset about not seeing Tied up. Sigh..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here Among Us January 10, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book.I found the characters very believable,and the Author did a great job of showing the strengths and weakness's of each of them!I loved the witty humour in it,which at times made me laugh out loud!A good story of a family trying to protect the family business,while at the same time,trying to come to terms with their Mother's illness,and a few skeletons come out of the closet along the way!A very enjoyable read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfying good all round read
I got follow a family in all its complications of past mistakes and beliefs and see some real life solutions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book from start to finish!
Published 3 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really enjoyed this novel by Maggie Harryman. It was filled with a nice combination of mystery, drama, love and family dynamics
Published 5 months ago by Jayne Wachs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!!
LOVED this book! So many different twists...kept me on my toes. Definitely recommend. Can't wait to read more novels by Ms. Harryman.
Published 9 months ago by East Coast Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars GOLD Readers Award!
Congratulations to Maggie Harryman who just got a GOLD readers award for her novel, Here Among Us! Most deserved, gonna have to read and enjoy it again!
Published 10 months ago by M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Delight
I loved Maggie's first novel. My husband comes from a big Irish Catholic family and many of the characters resembled his siblings. I look forward to the next terrific novel.
Published 14 months ago by Lisa A. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Dealt with real issues, but I was unable to connect
This was a different sort of book for me to read. I initially chose to read it due to its coverage of Alzheimer's. I can relate to that because my dad has this disease. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
I really wanted to love this book, but I only liked it. I got it for free off a website that lists all free kindle books daily. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CLM
4.0 out of 5 stars Here Among Us
This author really knows her craft! By the time I was finished reading it I didn't want to let those characters go. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Laurie Adair Grove
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Irish American Tale
Here Among Us draws us into an Irish American family, unwrapping secrets layer by layer. Written with wit and heart, Maggie Harryman's book creates unexpected twists and turns that... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Heather Jean Furnas
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More About the Author

Maggie Harryman was born in New Jersey and moved to San Francisco soon after college. She received an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and spent the ensuing years working as a copywriter in various industries including healthcare, tech and real estate.

Maggie lives in Northern California in the heart of wine country, has two wonderful children in college and an old, faithful dog named, Humphrey.

Here Among Us is her debut novel.

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