It May Be Forever: An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier

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It May Be Forever is a nineteenth century tale of adventure and tragedy, based upon the real-life story of Michael Quinn. To escape the grinding poverty of Irelands Great Famine, Michael and his family flee to England, where at age eight, Michael becomes a child laborer in a textile mill. As he grows older and more aware of British prejudice and discrimination, he is motivated to enlist with the Fenian rebels, a group determined to free Ireland from British colonial rule. Chronic unemployment, however, drives him to America, and defeat on the battlefield lands him on the untamed plains of the Wild West.

Faced with unaccustomed opportunity, Michael quickly abandons the fight against oppression and turns away from family and friends. Dreams of achieving a great fortune lead him to support the dispossession of Native Americans of their lands and livelihood. But after the massacre at Wounded Knee, demons of conscience rise up in terrible nightmares, and only a Lakota holy man offers the hope of redemption.

It May Be Forever is a cautionary tale, which shows how the many small decisions of life can create the most unintended consequences, and how easily a man of strong convictions may become that which he hates.

Visit David Quinns website: www.davidquinnbooks.com.

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About the author

David Quinn was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1945 and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He studied political science at Wheeling Jesuit University (B.A.) and Fordham University (M.A.). During thirty years in the telecommunications industry, he was involved in international projects in Asia and Europe, finally completing his career with a five-year assignment in London. David made the decision to leave the corporate world in 1999. His passion for genealogy led him to uncover the remarkable story of his great, great uncle Michael Quinn. After two years of research conducted in Ireland, England, and the United States, David was ready to embark on the writing of a historical novel, It May Be Forever, based on Michael Quinn’s extraordinary life. David and his wife, Betsy, live in Prescott, Arizona, and have three grown children.

“The Irish Diaspora is a large historical canvas stretching over many centuries. Driven into exile ... the dispossessed Irish struggled for survival in their new lands. Each individual’s struggle could merit a book in itself.

It May Be Forever: An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier is one such story. It is the story of Michael Quinn who, aged eight, escapes from An Ghorta Mhór (The Great Hunger), the most devastating of the starvations inflicted on Ireland by an uncaring colonial landlord system in 1845-9. Although a true-life story, Michael’s great-great-nephew, David Quinn, chooses to tell the story in novel form. It works brilliantly, for David shows his dexterity as a storyteller is equally worthy of his subject. It’s a book that should be listed among the great Irish diasporic accounts, told with skill and artistry by an author of whom I am sure we will hear more.”

Peter Berresford Ellis Noted Celtic scholar, writer, and novelist
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AuthorHouse
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Published on
Oct 3, 2005
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Pages
392
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ISBN
9781452049342
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
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Praise for David Quinn's It May Be Forever: An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier "Let it be said first that It May Be Forever: An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier is an excellent, very enjoyable book... It is a fascinating tale and the depth of the author's research evident... The writing is first rate..." - Francis Hamit - The Self-Publishing Review "A beautifully written historical novel filled with excellent research and characters! Highly recommended!" - USABookNews.com "It's a book that should be listed among the great Irish diasporic accounts, told with skill and artistry..." - Peter Berresford Ellis - Noted Celtic scholar, writer, and novelist "...the scenes depicted have a truly authentic ring... a life of extraordinary adventure peopled with extraordinary characters." - Pauline Ferrie - EmigrantOnline.ie "What's unique about this biography turned novel is the real life information threaded throughout like golden wire." - Janet McGrane - CelticReader.com Visit the Author's Website: www.david quinnbooks.com
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