The debut novel by local author Angela Koenig! While visiting family in Ulster, Rhodes Scholar Jeri O’Donnell’s beloved cousin, Fiona, is killed, and Jeri ends up in Armagh Women’s Prison. When Jeri is released as precipitously as she was imprisoned, she chooses to embrace Fiona’s struggle as her own and joins the Provisional IRA. After training in the Irish Republic and then in Eastern Europe, Jeri, who is cool under pressure and fierce in action, is the ideal urban soldier, whether in Rotterdam, Belgrade, or Belfast. Jeri’s inconsolable remorse over Fiona’s death makes intimacy virtually impossible. Several women try to reach her, but the violence of her life only drives her further from human comfort. Although she can never quit questioning the morality of her actions, Jeri has a taste for fighting that she once hoped to leave behind in the streets of Southie. When a bomb in Belfast explodes early, either through accident or design, the resulting carnage plunges Jeri into a despair that forces her to reconsider what choices, if any, are left to her.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
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