Fiction. When James Ward, a high-school freshman living in Queens, meets Cornelia Parsons he gains entry into a very old, very secretive, and to him very attractive world. Cornelia and her enigmatic guardian Miss Widdershins belong to a confederation of travelers, perpetual exiles who left Ireland and Scotland centuries ago and who now recognize no law but their own. They are facing a crisis brought on by a malignant deserter. And now Cornelia expects her new friend James to take a hand. Fans of John Crowley's Little, Big will be fans of this subtle, mysterious novel about two teens coming of age in a too-modern age.
"The story is highly engaging, with a varied array of nostalgic touches from different countries and periods...The various players are quietly but richly delineated, and their conversations ring true; James and Cornelia's relationship is particularly strong. Indeed, the plot often takes a back seat to character development and exploration of the travelers' secret world. This is a welcome choice, however, as Gallagher often handles it deftly."—Kirkus Reviews
Terence Gallagher lives in Queens, New York, where he grew up and to where he keeps returning. He studied Classics, with a sideline in bagpiping, in Massachusetts, and Medieval history in Toronto, and spent a dozen years or so as an academic librarian, mostly in Florida. He is the author of THE FOREST PERILOUS (Livingston Press, 2021) and LOWLANDS (Livingston Press, 2017).
Author City: BAYSIDE, NY USA