Irish Eyes: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel
Forge, 2001 (2000)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ndrew Greeley does it again.
is a truly enjoyable novel with protagonists who are continuing players in his series of books about a large and close family in Chicago. This story centers on Dermot Coyne and his fey Irish wife Nuala (pronounced Noola) Ann McGrail, their baby Nelliecoyne and their all-white family wolfhound, Fiona.
uala has gained a following with her Irish lullabies, as has Dermot with a published novel. A rival writer, who is a DJ in his daytime job, is enraged with Dermot. He demeans Nuala and attempts to ruin her career. While the family is trying to cope with this sudden vindictiveness, a ghost ship appears in the waters off their vacation home on Lake Michigan. Nelliecoyne and Fiona react to its presence, indicating that, like Nuala, they are also fey. The souls aboard this ship are restless and demand help from Dermot's little family to solve their problem and let them rest.
urder, the Balkan Mafia, and various and sundry nefarious happenings cannot diminish the love that exists between Dermot and Nuala. This is a delightful story of the beginning of two lives together. Their acceptance of each other's foibles, and the way they work together as a team, is refreshing and a good lesson for any one of us. Sex is a joy that is as natural as breathing to this couple.
uala's Irishness, which sounds authentic, is unfortunately overwhelming at times. There is just a little too much of it. However,
is a good read and it's nice to know that we haven't seen the end of the Coynes. I look forward to another Greeley account of this unusual and talented family.
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