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Fulcrum: An Irish-American Novel Paperback – May 17, 2007
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This book is a treat for any reader who's a history buff, a sports nut, or a descendent of Irish immigrants (so three for three here!). It is especially wonderful for any proud, loyal Catholic who longs to see his Faith celebrated in print rather than denigrated and scorned, as it so often is these days. Flaherty weaves many of the Church's teachings, tenets, and traditions into his engaging tale, as well as stories about the saints, and a reader will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be truly Catholic. Most movingly, the author's deep devotion to the Blessed Mother--a trait shared by many of the Irish-Catholic characters who populate the book's fictional Boston neighborhood known as "Shamrock"--is ever-present. It is Mary who gives strength to Flaherty's characters, holding them together like the metal links between the beads of a rosary.
This ambitious work of historical fiction evokes an era when families were big, Mass attendance was high, and vocations were flourishing in neighborhoods like Shamrock. It makes a Baby-Boomer Catholic like myself nostalgic for days gone by, but so much is packed into the pages of "Fulcrum" that it is sure to resonate with readers of all faiths and ages. This book includes a wholesome love story (between a pretty red-headed lass named Bridget, and Danny, an upstanding lad who is a Boston College football star), a hotly contested baseball season (Go Sox! Boo Yankees!Read more ›