Tipperary, by Frank Delaney

This novel covers the tumultuous years in Irish history of 1860 to 1925 through the eyes of Anglo-Irish Charles O’Brien. As a young man he decides on the career of healer and travels the countryside dispensing herbal remedies. At age 40, he is called to Paris and the bedside of the dying Oscar Wilde. While there he meets the love of his life, 18 year old April Burke. Over the decades Charles remains true to her, but April repeatedly rejects him. Delaney uses this framework to paint the emergence of Ireland as a nation while introducing as characters some of the important political and historical figures of that era.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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