The Story of Chicago May

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Penguin, Nov 7, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
"A biography with narrative muscle and thrilling historical relevance." -Kirkus Reviews

Legend says that May Duignan was tall with red-gold hair and big blue eyes, and that she was compellingly attractive to men. At 19, she stole her family’s savings and ran away from home in rural Ireland to America, where she worked as a confidence trickster, a thief, a showgirl, and a prostitute, notorious as much for her violence as for her diamond rings. The tabloids dubbed her “The Queen of the Underworld.” Reaching across decades for points of connection, Nuala O’Faolain, the bestselling author of Almost There and My Dream of You, brings sympathetic scrutiny to the understanding of an outlaw experience like no other.

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Though unknown to many today, Irishwoman Mary Ann (May) Duignan (1871- 1929) was notorious in her time. Here she is brought vividly to life by best-selling author O'Faolain (Are You Somebody? ). O ... Read full review

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This was an interesting bio about a young woman who emigrated from Ireland to America in the 1800's. Read full review

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One From Edenmore to the New World
Two Nebraska to Chicago
Three Chicago
Four The Tenderloin of Manhattan
Five The Paris Heist
Six Escapes and Homecomings
Seven London
Eight Aylesbury
Nine Downward to Detroit
Ten Moving Toward Love

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About the author (2006)

Nuala O'Faolain (1 March 1940– 9 May 2008) was an Irish journalist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher and writer. She became well known after the publication of her memoirs Are You Somebody? and Almost There.

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