Cynical, but tender hearted, Vicky McCabe struggles with the hypocrisy of her Irish Catholic upbringing in a blue-collar Boston neighborhood. Lacking money, polish, or connections, yet highly ambitious, she works her way through college as a cocktail waitress at O’Shaughnessy’s Pub along with her cousin Jared and “the best guys she knows.” She is swept up in a passionate romance with irresistible bartender Eric Flynn, but grapples with insecurity, envy, and a devastating blow of betrayal. Years later, the future finds Vicky disillusioned, playing nursemaid to Jared as he copes with infidelity, divorce, and child custody battles. A chance encounter leads Vicky to become caught in a love triangle with her former flame and his best friend while still trying to reconcile her life with her Catholic faith. Will a tragic twist of fate help her figure out who she truly loves before it’s too late?
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Arlen O’Connor is a freelance writer and documentary film producer who lives near Boston with his spouse and children. He is the author of several screenplays and short stories. Irish Catholic is his first novel.