Boston 1868…Two young women immigrate from Ireland to Boston to work as domestics (kitchen canaries) for the Brennan family. Mr. Brennan considers them his property and violates and humiliates them. The women hide their guilt and shame, even from each other, fearing exposure would end their dream of an American life.
It’s the post Civil War error, and freed negroes also work in the household and suffer at the hands of Mr. Brennan.
This 45,000 word historical fiction novel contains many little known facts about the Civil War, the evolution of Boston politics, and the Irish famine.
Kitchen Canary receives five star reviews from readers, who report it is, ‘a page turner’ and ‘not to be missed.’
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Kitchen Canary is a debut novel for Joanne Parsons. She fictionalized her grandfather’s birth story. He was the product of the master of the house and the Irish maid.
Joanne is retired from a career in eldercare. She spends her time with family on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and enjoys meeting readers at book clubs.
She has written a sequel to Kitchen Canary, ‘Through the Open Door’, available at the end of the summer.
Midwest Book Review described Kitchen Canary as, “exceptionally well written, thoroughly absorbing, and consistently entertaining’.