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Review of Céline Keating’s novel Layla

Céline Keating’s Layla is a spell-binding coming-of-age novel that brings to life the political activism of the 1960s and the toll it takes on one family. Intricately plotted and exquisitely written, the story opens with Layla’s dying mother sending her on a cross-country trip to learn about the father she has never known. From New York…

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What’s it all about …

Blackbird Blues raises questions about what constitutes a family, what family members owe each other, especially their children, and what they owe themselves. Voices of two women from two different generations tell their stories: Sister Michaeline in her 1940’s diary and Mary Kaye O’Donnell in the main text, set in 1963. After I finished writing Blackbird…

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