Once Upon a Time in England

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Canongate, 2008 - Fiction - 359 pages
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On the coldest night of 1975, Robbie Fitzgerald is late, sprinting through the snowy streets of a working-class British town. With a Van Morrison meets Robert Johnson singing voice, the young crooner is on the verge of his big break--the legendary producer Dickie Vaughn is going to be in the house for his show. Both his own dreams and those of his young family are on the line, while on the other side of town, in a rough neighborhood, his son and young wife, Susheela, wait for him, which is all too often the case. And when Susheela falls victim to an outrageous bias crime, the balance of the lives of all four Fitzgeralds--Susheela, Robbie, their son, Vincent, and unborn daughter, Ellie, will reverberate with this snowy night's incident.

Over thirteen years of struggle, aspiration, achievement, misunderstandings, near misses, and compromised or lost dreams, Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves, indeed the fabric, of the Fitzgeralds. An absorbing story of the awkwardness of youth and the necessary acceptance and maturity that comes with age, Walsh has created a wondrous family saga that will remain with you long after the final page.

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

A story about an inter-racial marriage between Robbie (Irish) and Susheela (Malay) who live in the industrially declining north of England town of Warrington in the 1970's. He's a factory worker and ... Read full review

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User Review  - allthesepieces - LibraryThing

I wanted to like this book at least a little bit, but as it turns out, it just made me uncomfortable. When I read books like this one, I can’t help but imagine the sad picture of a marginally gifted ... Read full review

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