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From the streets of Boston to the gallows of Mexico. Hungry, homeless and in trouble with the law, fleeing from the Irish Famine, sixteen year old Kevin Dillon enlists in the American Army. When he discovers that the Army of Observation" in Texas is actually poised for an invasion of a peaceful Catholic country, Kevin and his friends slip across the Rio Bravo at night. There, they join with John Riley of the St. Patrick's (San Patricio) Battalion and fight for the Mexican side. The last of the recruits, a golden-eyed Doberman dubbed Molly Malone, proves to be a warrior of unquestioned loyalty and courage. She follows Kevin and the Irishmen through the deadliest of battles even to the gallows at Mixcoac where thirty of them are hanged. In this remarkable re-creation Michael Hogan brings the history of the era alive with all its violence and sex, contradictions and ideals, romance and glory. And, underneath it all, is the poignant tale of a boy and his dog.
WINNER OF THE OJO DEL LAGO FICTION AWARD
About the Author:
Michael Hogan was born in Newport, Rhode Island, of Irish parentage. His poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals including The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The Harvard Review, and the American Poetry Review and in many anthologies: among them Sound and Sense (Harcourt Brace, 1996) and An Introduction to Literature (Little, Brown, 1987).
His many awards include fellowships from the Alden Dow Creativity Fellowship, the Colorado Humanities Fellowship, the Grace Stoddard Literary Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Hogan has worked with Poets In The Schools programs in Arizona, California, Utah, Montana and New Mexico, and has been a consultant on various National Endowment for the Arts programs.
For the past ten years Hogan has headed the English Department at the American School of Guadalajara, and has served as faculty advisor to the school's internationally recognized literary magazine, Sin Fronteras.
Hogan lives in Colonia Providencia, Guadalajara, with the textile artist Lucinda Mayo and their dog, Molly Malone.
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What People are Saying About This
This volume is a unique and courageous specimen of histoire engage`e....as well as sound military history. Hogan proves to be a shrewd observer, providing the reader with valuable insights into the mentality of the United States in the 1840s.
(Prof. Hans Vogel, Leyden University (Netherlands).H-Net Latin American History)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The secret of Molly Malone, known only to the readers of this book, came to me as a pleasant surprise. I had seen the movie starring Tom Berenger called 'One Man's Hero' which is based on Hogan's history of the Irish Battalion. But this book is more exciting than the movie and more troubling. Hogan gives the reader a genuine sense of being in the mind of young Dillon, the Irish immigrant who fights on the Mexican side. One can almost smell the smoke of the cannons and taste the blood. When Molly Malone finally appears towards the end of ther book, the reader is rewarded again with a series of lyrical passages which make the latter half of this novel one of the best in the historical genre.