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Catherine McLaughlin
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We're closing in on finishing edits for BLUE COLLARS and are looking forward to our Spring 2018 publication. It's been a long way home.

Be sure to reserve your Special Author-signed Edition of BLUE COLLARS today - https://fb.me/2BEXKvvkM
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I am a writer and artist and am excited about my novel BLUE COLLARS which will be released in early Spring 2018. I'm available to appear for book signings and book clubs, libraries, interviews and writers' groups.

Be sure to reserve your Special Author-signed Edition of BLUE COLLARS today - https://fb.me/2BEXKvvkM

BLUE COLLARS, is a novel based on my life challenges growing up during the late 1950s and 1960s in a New Bedford, Massachusetts working class family.
The novel details the triumphs and tragedies of the Kilroy family through the eyes of young Finn Kilroy, whose father worked as a loomfixer at the Berkshire Hathaway textile mill along the city’s waterfront. There, Portuguese, Irish, French and Cape Verdean immigrant families lived side-by-side in mostly three-decker tenement houses typical of many New England cities.
Surrounded by the love of a caring, extended family, Finn’s life seems, on the surface, to be carefree and idyllic. But a terrible secret haunts her childhood. This is the story of a young girl’s endurance in the face of betrayal and her brave efforts to overcome the shocks that rock her world. Finn's efforts to present a normal face break the reader's heart. Her story infuriates – even as her determination to stay strong and survive will inspire every reader.
From Finn’s tumultuous childhood to her coming of age, we deeply experience her personal family’s life of love, abuse and heartache amidst a backdrop of well-known historical events as well as events unique to an old American industrial city—racial tensions, textile strikes.


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