September Song (Family Saga #5)
Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's best-loved and most widely read novelists, has delighted readers with his ongoing chronicles of the crazy O'Malleys, a rambunctious but resourceful Irish-American family caught up in the sweep of modern American history. Now, in September Song, Charles "Chucky" O'Malley and his clan face the tumultuous upheavals of the Sixties.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Forge Books
(first published 2001)
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Our hero Charles Cronin "Chucky Ducky" O'Malley is either the only "sane" one of the Crazy O'Malleys or the craziest of them all as he once again stars in this 4th of the 6-part series. His growing reputation and increasing influence with very powerful people earned him an appointment as the US Ambassador to Germany by President Kennedy shortly before the assassination. Against his better judgment, he initially remains there under President Johnson until he decides to resign in protest over John...more
Seeing as this was my first introduction to the O'Malley family, It took me a while to piece the outer family together. I found it to be a good read. I was interested (since I'm a Catholic) as to just what the heck the Pope would do (knowing the Catholics, his reaction really wasn't a surprise) The most touching point I thought was the march in Selma. I breaks my heart to know that all these horrible events, and all that hate didn't happen very long ago. It breaks it even more to know that that...more
This book is sorta like the Forrest Gump movie - this family ends up being at several important places during the 1960s and 70s - MLK's march at Selma, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, the war, etc...... It was interesting, but not especially well written (hard to get into - I think I picked this up in the middle of a series of books....) and there was one glaring mistake - that 7 people died at Kent State - when it was really only 4. . . How dare he....
Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.More about Andrew M. Greeley...