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Murky Overhead
A Book Talk with Michael Connolly

Recorded on June 21, 2021

Hear Michael Connolly read excerpts from and discuss his newest work, Murky Overhead. A work of historical fiction, Murky Overhead tells the story of a day in the life of an Irish-American working-class family, the Folans. Follow the Folans though the streets and docks of their new American home in maritime Portland, Maine, at the turn of the 20th century; Coleman shovels coal for the longshore union, while his wife Mary, who is nearly full-term with their tenth child, does her best to keep the family going. Challenges abound and though it seems the family faces an ever-growing number of hurdles, they know they must take on each day one at a time even when their prospects appear to be murky, at best.

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