Irish Tweed

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Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley?s bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny, Julie, is courted by a new fellow. Dermot pores over a memoir of a famine refugee whose ...

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Overview

Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley’s bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny, Julie, is courted by a new fellow. Dermot pores over a memoir of a famine refugee whose family died of a mysterious fever, looking for clues into the illness' real cause.

Father Greeley’s many fans look forward to each installment, and Irish Tweed is another captivating tale in a series by one of America’s best loved storytellers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Greeley's spirited 12th Nuala Anne McGrail novel (after 2008's Irish Tiger), his feisty heroine delivers a black belt kick to the unlikable new principal's stomach in a schoolyard brawl involving all four of her children. Solving the bullying problem at St. Joe's isn't the only challenge facing Irish-born Nuala and her adoring husband, Dermot Michael Coyne. They must also figure out who beat and threw Finnbar Burke, the "nice fella" with whom their shy, golden-haired nanny has fallen in love, into the Chicago River. Interspersed with the present-day action is the poignant story of an Irish girl who came to America after all her immediate family died in the famine of 1875. While some readers may feel Greeley dwells too much on Nuala and Dermot's joyous sex life and overdoes the Irish dialect, few can resist the charm of these colorful, warm characters and the author's sympathetic view of the Irish of Chicago. (Feb.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Nuala Anne takes a break from her customary diet of murder to educate her children's school principal. Suddenly, the school in St. Joe's parish where Nuala Anne McGrail Coyne has been contentedly enrolling her brood is under new supervision. Dr. Lorraine Fletcher, who's straight out of Dickens, cherishes a hatred for Nuala Anne that's straight out of pathology textbooks. Fletcher is a devout believer in what she calls the "fundamental option for the poor." In the topsy-turvy Catholic school she envisions, indigent big kids are encouraged to bully affluent little kids and pocket their money as a first step toward the proper redistribution of wealth. This trickle-up approach to economics leads to a donnybrook in which Nuala Anne gets a slap in the chops and, in exchange, Fletcher gets a kick in the gut from "a newly minted black belt." Meanwhile, Dermot Michael, spear-carrier and ever-adoring husband, checks out a memoir furnished to him by his father that describes the turbulent life of a female doctor in late 19th-century Chicago, while lovely, golden-haired Julie Crean, the Coynes's irredeemably wholesome nanny, checks out Finnbar Burke, a potential fella. It's Finnbar, incidentally, whose brief immersion in the Chicago River, where he's been tossed by person or persons unknown, supplies the sole claim to membership in the mystery genre that the latest McGrail confection (Irish Tiger, 2008, etc.) can offer. Blarney-soaked and relentlessly cute.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765362070
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Nuala Anne McGrail Novels Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 271,585
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including The Archbishop in Andalusia, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including Irish Tweed, and The Cardinal Virtues. He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America and Commonweal, and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society,” at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    A Little Fey goes a long way

    As in all of Father Andrew Greeley's Nuala Ann McGrail novels, this one is funny, heartwarming, insightful, and romantic. He's in top form with this one, while Nuala Ann is trying to solve some evil going on in the 21st century she's also uncovering an memoir of a late 19th and early 20th century immigrant from Ireland, a young lady adopted by a Chicago family who becomes a Doctor.
    There is no better storyteller than Father Greeley, his accounts of this rare Chicago family who's characters are so warm and loving and devoted to one another are top notch. And it doesn't hurt that this Chicago Irishman adds just a touch of fey to this wonderful piece of fiction. His dialogue along with his tale is what really sets this book apart from others in it's genre, he adds just enough of the West of Ireland dialect to keep it off the beaten path. His outlook on married physical love and the roles in the family must make him an excellent marriage/family counselor in his every day vocation as a parish priest.
    I think any lover of great fiction would love this novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    He Does It Again

    I loved this book. I enjoyed the story within the story as much as I did of the fey Nuala. We all have an ancestral pass that links us with who and what we are today. Love nutures love thru the passages of time, unfortunately hate does the same. The hate must end, and does given enough time. I always see my Catholic Faith in the way Fr. Greeley intends, its the Faith not necessarily those that govern it that make us all Children of God.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    book not long enough

    nuala anne is at her best. she and dermot always get to the nitty gritty of the subject and solve the both mysteries. at the same time they show compassion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Another winner for Greeley

    As usual Greeley has written a great book. Both his Nuala Anne books & His Father Blackie books end with you can't wait till his next one. Too bad that he only writes about one a year in both series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Father Greeley has another hit!

    Once again I am delighted with Andrew Greeley's Nuala tales. Wonderful book that I found very hard to put down. I read this book in 2 sittings! Can't wait for another installment...........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    A+ Great read

    Once again Father Greeley has a hit on his hands. Nuala Anne and compnay
    never fail to be entertaining. I always look to the next one in the
    series. Long live the Irish witch and her family!!!!!

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