Jackie Mc’s “I Cry Alone” is a Brilliant Drama of a Man’s Belated Coming of Age

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It is a riveting new book of psychological survival and painful romance with a surprise ending.

Meet Shane, 20-year old and a decorated soldier (a United States Medal of Honor awardee), a hero to most of the outside world. But Shane has mostly lived in a private world for all of his childhood years. Born in a manor to a mentally unstable mother (a member of the British aristocracy) and a father (a preacher who is a scion of famous Irish horse breeders) who resented him, he had learned to live on his own – literally, as when he went to a “hidey” to avoid a violently drunk parent or figuratively, as when he talked to Billy Bob, an “imaginary friend” who served as his best friend. He had Annie (and her husband), but the housekeeper was too much in the world to have served as best friend to a psychologically beaten child. Jackie Mc’s I Cry Alone is a brilliant study of psychological survival, a drama of painful romance and coming to terms with the past.

After 10 years of absence from Lakeview, his ancestral home south of Dublin, he is coming back. His Aunt Maggie (whom he has worked for four years after leaving the army), the only one among his mother’s siblings who “played with a full deck,” has forced this visit on him. His childhood memories come back to crowd his mind. Memories of Kathleen, his sweetheart whom he has had a child with; of Scrounger, the mongrel whom he had adopted; and Annie and Jimmy – come back raging into his mind as the journey takes him closer to home and his acrimonious childhood. Secrets about his past begin to unfold.

Would his presence in the village cause problems for the mother of his son, a son he had never seen? Kathleen had written and told him to stay away, that his letters were causing friction with the new man in her life. He had to try one last time face to face. If she said, ‘No, you cannot see your son’, he would drive back to Dublin, get a flight to New York, and try and forget the past. It had taken him ten years to muster up enough courage to come home. He knew he was not very big on courage. Others thought he was a hero. He had come to accept the truth about himself – he knew he was no hero. This book ends with a surprise which, taken in context with Shane’s life, is well within the realm of possibility.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Bologna Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, on March 19-22, 2012.

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I Cry Alone * by Jackie Mc
Publication Date: September 28, 2011
Trade Paperback; UK£13.99; 312 pages; 978-1-4653-5448-8
Trade Hardback; UK£23.99; 312 pages; 978-1-4653-5449-5
eBook; UK£9.99; 978-1-4653-5447-1

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