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Kathleen O'Donald

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Penny Hayes takes us to New York City in 1909 and Kathleen O Donald, who has left her native Ireland for the promise of America, where she finds herself engulfed in a drama that will change history � and her life.
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Naiad Pr
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Korri
Purchased at the Lesbian Herstory Archives's annual book sale in December 2011.

I'm a sucker for historical fiction. When I read the back cover of this book, with its tale of immigration, prejudice, and sweatshop labor, it reminded me of Elana Dykewomon's Beyond the Pale. I didn't enjoy Kathleen O'Donald nearly as much, though.

It felt as if Hayes stayed on the surface of her characters and well-documented historical situations. Knowing that there are abundant sources for material about labor org
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Shannon Deep
More a historical account of the Unionizing of women interwoven with the immigrant story in the early 1900s than a well-written romance. I thought the religious struggles with Kathleen' identity as a lesbian and a good Catholic was well done. The historical perspective of lesbian as being women in "romantic relationships" was interesting, both the subtle Ness and ease in how they slipped under the radar. The focus on feminist issues such as derogatory names, unwanted groping and catcalling by ...more
Jess
This was a quick read with great historical storytelling and super intense love scenes between the two female characters. Even if I wasn't seeking lesbian romance, I would've loved the story of Kathleen's travels to American from Ireland and the total misery and injustice of her experience as a sweatshop worker. Her romance with Rose is totally believable, even if it bordered in sweetly innocent at the beginning (the term "romantic friendship" comes up a lot).

If you're looking for a historical
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Penny Hayes grew up on a farm near Binghamton, NY. She later went to school in Utica and Buffalo, graduating with degrees in art and special education. She has made her living teaching most of her adult life in both West Virginia and New York State. She currently lives with her partner in Ithaca, NY.

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