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Maeve Brennan by Angela Bourke
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I found the story of Maeve Brennan -- the involvement of her parents in the Irish Ireland and freedom movements, her childhood, the family's time in Washington and her amazing literary career in New York and eventual spiral to poverty and homelessness -- to be extremely interesting and engrossing.

After reading the book and doing independent research, I wish the book included more about her later years, specifically her mental health problems and nonexistent relationship with family, to complete her biography as fully as her early years are covered in the book. Also, through research I learned of her friendship with Truman Capote and the possibility that the character of Holly Golightly was based on Maeve -- an interesting aside.

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