Elizabeth Osta was born in Buffalo, New York, raised in Syracuse and graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester. She taught children with special needs, was a school principal and became a training specialist from New York State Education Department. She began writing as a pre-teen on a used Smith-Corona and has received numerous awards for her work including the Democrat and Chronicle Golden Pen Award. This is her first novel. As President of the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute, she continues to learn about the legend and lore of Ireland where she travels frequently and where the seed for Jeremiah's Hunger was first placed.
Her years in the convent and personal journey through breast cancer are both subjects of works in progress. As a member of the Sons of Italy, she enjoys Piedmontese cuisine as well as Irish stew. She and her husband Dave Van Arsdale live in Pittsford, New York were they enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing, theatre, reading and travel.
320 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888874337 $19.95 CA
About the Book
When Jeremiah Buckley buries his baby sister and his mother in a hillside in County Cork in the midst of An Gorta Mor (the Great Hunger), his grief turns to rebellion and commitment to the land as he works to achieve a dream which will echo over the centuries and as far away as America.
At the height of the Great Hunger of the 1840s, in the town of Ahadallane, north of Cork City, Jeremiah joins in the fight for Ireland´s freedom from British rule and learns firsthand the futility of violence. He watches and works as changes touch the land of his birth, his family, and his relationship with his lifelong friend Michael Riordan who disagrees with him about the path to freedom.
Jeremiah´s journey carries him into the bare heart of his homeland where he endures the evils borne of domination. His hunger isn´t satisfied until he almost loses himself in his quest for land ownership and Ireland´s nationhood.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Pluta Cancer Center.
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