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A Novel

After ten years in Paris, where she learned photography and became part of the movement that invented modern art, Chicago-born, Irish-American Nora Kelly is at last returning home. Her skill as a photographer will help her cousin Ed Kelly in his rise to Mayor of Chicago (1933-1947). But when she captures the moment an assassin’s bullet narrowly misses President-elect Franklin Roosevelt and strikes Anton Cermak in February 1933, she enters a world of international intrigue and danger.

Now Nora must balance family obligations against her encounters with larger-than-life historical characters, such as Joseph Kennedy, Big Bill Thompson, Al Capone, Mussolini, and the circle of women who surround F.D.R. As she moves through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II, it’s Nora’s unexpected trip to Ireland—where she experiences the deepest passion she will ever know and, at last, meets the love of her life—that transforms her for all time to come.

In Irish Above All, bestselling author Mary Pat Kelly showcases the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century through the eyes of an indomitable Irish-American woman.