The Garden of Martyrs

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Macmillan, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Two Irish Catholic immigrants, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were traveling west on the Boston Post Road, headed for New York. A man named Marcus Lyon was robbed and killed along the same road. Though the two Irishmen denied any knowledge of the crime, they were arrested and accused of the murder. They spent five months in jail. Only two days before their trial they were allowed to consult with a lawyer. The trial, a mockery of justice, lasted only one day. The two were sentenced to be hanged by the neck and, as the presiding judge said, "their bodies dissected and anatomized."

Father Cheverus, an émigré priest from France and one of only two Roman Catholic priests in all of New England at the time, is asked by Daley's wife and mother to go to the cell to comfort them, listen to their confessions, offer them communion. Father Cheverus, who escaped the Terror of the French Revolution, is a man plagued by his own past. Daley, a simple family man with a young son, and Halligan, a slick type with a checkered past and a lost love, face their deaths bravely, only to be exonerated in 1984.

Michael White has used his considerable talent to capture the political, social and cultural aspects of New England. In this heartbreaking story, he shows that the anti-Catholic and anti-foreign sentiments of that period in some ways reflect ongoing prejudice today.
  

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User Review  - Bank - Goodreads

Based on a true story of two penniless Irish Catholic immigrants to Boston in 1806 . As convenient suspects , charged with murder , tried in a politically charged court in the midst of intense anti ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle Stevens - Goodreads

This is a story based on true events that altho very depressing is so well written that makes you not want to put the book down. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
30
Section 4
61
Section 5
85
Section 6
87
Section 7
113
Section 8
134
Section 12
215
Section 13
232
Section 14
249
Section 15
271
Section 16
289
Section 17
310
Section 18
327
Section 19
329

Section 9
160
Section 10
187
Section 11
213
Section 20
348
Section 21
355
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About the author (2005)

Michael C. White, who teaches at Fairfield University, is the author of three novels, including a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Massachusetts and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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