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Whole minutes passed when I didn't think of my man and the swimming lesson set up for the next day, if no one was murdered before then, or the cars stopped, or a bomb go off somewhere... On a hot, humid Monday afternoon in July 1919, Maeve Curragh watches as a blimp plunges from the sky and smashes into a downtown Chicago bank building. It is the first of ten extraordinary ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Allium Press
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Jeanette
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 star rounded up for it's accuracy to the events of these 10 days in 1919 and some aftermath. That period for Chicago's energy, pace and furious change "regardless" comes across to a 4 star level, at the minimum.

But as interesting as some parts of it were to me because of my hearing stories of that blimp crash into the Illinois Bank and the earlier riots- I found the style of writing extremely difficult to follow. It's not "wrong"- but it's Irish word placement/ dialect to colloquial English
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Des Pemberton
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good and easy read. I would of given it a 5-stars award, but for its Irish credibility: I appreciate there are lots of Meaves around, but not so many in early 20th Century Ireland, they spell it Méabh or similar; and, I frequently tried to read The Reason for Time 'in' an Irish brogue, but because of how it was written, I always ended with a southern US drawl. If you want to read in an Irish brogue, I suggest Sebastian Barry's Annie Dunne, a lovely read.
However, what I think Mary Burns got rig
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Caroline
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one more than I thought I was going to. It was hard to get into at first. There is a note about the dialect, but I didn't think it would be so difficult to understand and first. It took me a little bit, I had to read slower, but once I figured it out, it was a really quick read. I had a hard time liking the main character, but I really enjoyed reading about Chicago during this time period. I was impressed by the level of research done about events that took place during that time ...more
A Holland Reads
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a new to me author and I thought her book was a good one. The author's research showed which for me adds a little to the story as it makes it seem as if the story could really happen. I found myself pulling for Maeve and wanting her life to turn out for the better. It must have been scary and very hard for her to runaway to start a new life in a new country. I do not know if I could have done that, but she knew she must for her own sanity. The author had a way of writing this story that ...more
Ami
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
** I received a copy of The Reason for Time from the publisher, Allium Press of Chicago, and this review first posted on my blog, luvtoread: https://luvtoread.com/2017/06/21/the-...
Historical fiction with an intriguing setting, but the main character is a bit flat. The Reason for Time by Mary Burns was an interesting read for me. Set during July 1919 in Chicago, this was a violent time in the city’s history, and I had never before heard of this race riot. So this history was fascinating to me,
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Frances McNamara
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is written by a fellow author from Allium Press of Chicago. In this book we follow a young Irish immigrant making her way in Chicago during a tumultuous week in 1919. It did remind me that my grandfather’s stepsister came to Chicago from Ireland to be a maid until all her money saved in a bank was lost and she returned to the farm in Mayo where we visited her in the 1970’s. In this book Maeve Curragh escaped a life with nuns in Florida to make a life in Chicago with her sister. She lost her ...more
Rachel  Lueck
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A short book with an original storyline, the author focused on one week within Chicago's history. I enjoyed her focus on these key events happening almost exactly one century ago now. It's interesting to see what's change and what hasn't. This is a time period I've personally not seen covered much in the historical fiction category. However, the main message of the story really doesn't sink in until the very end. The story was slow moving, with a lot of unnecessary detail. The main character is ...more
Mike Tueros
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A work of historical fiction, The Reason for Time is told through the eyes of Maeve Curragh, an Irish immigrant living in Chicago during the early first quarter of the 1900's. Using accurate accounts for an amazing week of history in 1919, Curragh begins her tale with the crash of blimp in the Loop, and the harrowing events surrounding the city immediately following. Curragh finds love in a streetcar operator, Desmond Malloy, and their romance progresses through much of the book in a well spun p ...more
Julie Januszyk
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A captivating, relatable story. Maeve takes readers on a journey through an unforgettable week in Chicago with an innocence that heightens the feeling of reality. I couldn't help but fall in love with Maeve as I viewed the historical events both through her eyes and from an outsider's perspective at the same time. It's a great book club read!
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A former journalist, documentary filmmaker, and professor of Creative Writing, Mary Burns has published four novels, including her first historical novel, The Reason for Time, released in Spring of 2016, http://alliumpress.com/our-books/the-... She is also the author of two books of short stories and a non-fiction book, The Private Eye: Observing Snow Geese. Her first book, Suburbs of the Arctic C ...more