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“The novel courses with life, and the characters are rendered in visceral totalitythere isn’t a putrid smell, quickening of heart, or tingle in the loins that isn’t laid bare.” Emma Hamilton, Bust Magazine
Once Upon a Time in England
978-1-84767-179-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2008
Helen Walsh’s searing debut novel, Brass, marked the emergence of an exciting young talent. With her new novel, Once Upon a Time in England, an unforgettable mixed-race family saga of secrets, shattered dreams, and compassion, Walsh establishes herself as a knowing storyteller with echoes of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith.
On the coldest night of 1975, Robbie Fitzgerald, a young man with a shock of red hair, is late, sprinting through the snowy streets of a working-class British town. With a Van Morrison meets Robert Johnson singing voice, the young crooner is on the verge of his big breakthe legendary producer Dickie Vaughn is going to be in the house for his show. Both his own dreams and those of his young family are on the line, while on the other side of town, in a rough neighborhood, his son and young wife, Susheela, wait for him, which is all too often the case. And when Susheela falls victim to an outrageous bias crime, the balance of the lives of all four FitzgeraldsSusheela, Robbie, their son, Vincent, and unborn daughter, Ellie, will reverberate with this snowy night’s incident.
Over thirteen years of struggle, aspiration, achievement, misunderstandings, near misses, and compromised or lost dreams, Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves, indeed the fabric, of the Fitzgeralds. An absorbing story of the awkwardness of youth and the necessary acceptance and maturity that comes with age, Walsh has created a wondrous family saga that will remain with you long after the final page.