THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman 

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THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN: FIRST RUNNER-UP: Josiah W. Bancroft Novel Award at the Florida First Coast Writer's Festival FINALIST: Pirates Alley Society Faulkner/Wisdom Competition for Novel FINALIST: The Tuscany Prize for Novel THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN is a story of genuine love, but also a story about the very human cost of nursing hatred. Nell Dugan's hatred, as well as her love and determination, are indigenous to the Irish, both Protestant and Catholic, who bring to Revolutionary America their age-old grudges against longtime domination by the English crown. On Nell's wedding night in Ireland, English soldiers abduct her from the arms of her principled Scottish Lord and throw her on a ship, slave-fodder for a West Indies sugar plantation. But Nell uses her beauty and cunning to seduce the plantation owner's stoic son who sneaks her away to pre-revolutionary Philadelphia where she agrees to marry him, keeping secret her marriage to the Scottish lord she loves, and swearing to pay back the English not only for her own kidnapping but also for her mother's hanging two decades earlier. Beginning in eighteenth century Ireland, and then set against the background of a burgeoning America, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN underscores the feistiness, heart-held faith, and courage of Scots Irish immigrants in their struggle toward individualism in America. This story is based on the life of the author’s eighth great-grandmother, who for ninety-nine years lived through it all. Of course, much is necessarily imagined. But England’s subjugation of Ireland’s people, the American Revolution, and some of the real players in both, are factually told. PRAISE: In the past few years Kaye Park Hinckley has emerged as a major talent in what Paul Elie calls “the literature of belief.” Hinckley translates grace in a world on edge, sees a double beginning and ending in everything, literally everything, including the unspeakably awful. Like her novel A Hunger in the Heart, and her stories in Birds of a Feather, the reader is taken to the heart of the matter. –Joshua Hren, publisher Wiseblood Books Kaye Hinckley writes deeply textured stories with a distinctive voice. Characters caught up in complex relationships, seeking yet often rejecting redemption." --Arthur Powers, A Hero for the People A talented and sensitive Catholic writer whose complex stories are gripping, memorable, and abounding in nourishment for readers hungry for substantial Christian fiction. –The Catholic World Report "The reader is delighted by beautiful prose, then challenged to examine the longings of the soul. In the process he learns about faith. --Dr. Ron O'Gorman, MD, "Fatal Rhythm

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