You do not want to miss the new novel by IAW&A member GEMMA WHELAN entitled FIONA: STOLEN CHILD, described as a “captivating odyssey” by a writer who “is a natural born storyteller with a brilliant eye for character and description. Her writing oozes class.” FIONA: STOLEN CHILD tells the story of an Irish writer living in NYC who has been running from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland for boarding school. Her past catches up with her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.

GEMMA WHELAN, author of FIONA: STOLEN CHILD, is an Irish-born theater director and educator who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she directed more than 60 stage productions and was founding artistic director of GemArt and Wilde Irish Productions. Gemma is an award-winning screenwriter and film director. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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