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When fourteen-year-old Marcella Coyle leaves Ireland to join her brother, a parish priest in Alabama, she could not have foreseen the turmoil that lay ahead. Plunged into the tense cauldron of the early twentieth century's Deep South, Marcella struggles to understand her outspoken brother and his perilous refusal to alter his mission even as the KKK takes to the streets, spewing hatred at minorities and Catholics. As she strives to rescue some meaning out of her exile in this foreign land, Marcella is swept up into a dangerous friendship, with consequences that shock the city and make an indelible mark on history.
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About the Author
Sheila Killian was born in Roscommon, in the dead centre of Ireland, and now lives outside Limerick City, where she teaches at University. Her fiction, poetry and travel writing have won awards in Ireland and the UK, and her work has been broadcast on RTE Radio. She is a member of Writepace, and spends as much time as she can by the sea. Something Bigger is inspired by the life of her grandaunt, Marcella, who left for the States at the age of fourteen and by the time they met, had become a real-life Alabama belle, with creamy blue eyes and a slow, Southern drawl. Marcella taught Sheila to read using the tales of Brer Rabbit, and filled her full of stories of the South, and the unforgettable drama that unfolded there and now lies within the pages of this debut novel.