9781609521158

Billy Gogan, American A Novel

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    9781609521158

  • ISBN10:

    1609521153

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/24/2016
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales/Solas House

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Summary

The Billy Gogan story is a fictional memoir told by an old Army general of his adventures as a young man. Billy Gogan, American, opens with recently orphaned Billy Gogan fleeing Ireland on the eve of the Great Hunger — either because he is the son of a dangerous revolutionary, or because his cousin doesn't trust him around his daughter. Billy befriends a destitute Irish peasant named Máire and her young daughter Fíona, and together they endure a harsh passage to New York, America's greatest city. They get separated as they debark, and Billy searches tirelessly for them in the dangerous Five Points, ground zero in the collision of Americans, ex-slaves, and Irish refugees.

Here, Billy completes his education. Already able to declaim Cicero and construe Aristotle, he learns voting fraud from Bill Tweed, the future head of Tammany Hall, and the numbers game from Charlie Backwell, Tammany's top bookie. Finally, Brannagh O’Marran, the beautiful mulatta daughter of the Irish madam of Gotham’s finest brothel, teaches him about love.

Billy eventually finds Máire and Fíona, and the three of them plan their future together. But that future is taken in a cruel stroke, and nothing will ever be the same.

Author Biography

Roger Higgins was born in England and became a lawyer after retiring from the Navy. He continues to practice law and write novels. Roger lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword

PART I
TÁ ÉIRE TAR ÉIS THRÉIG MÉ (IRELAND HAS FORSAKEN ME)
Dublin and County Cork, Ireland
September 1844

CHAPTER 1
Cricket

CHAPTER 2
Be Gone … and Damn Yer Hide

CHAPTER 3
If No One Sees It


PART II
THE WESTERN OCEAN
September 1844 – January 1845

CHAPTER 4
Anchored

CHAPTER 5
An t-Anfa Mór (The Great Tempest)

CHAPTER 6
Scéal Mháire (Mary’s Story)

CHAPTER 7
Slíghe go Mheiriceá—Arís (Passage to America—Again)


PART III
GOTHAM
The Promised Land
January – August 1845

CHAPTER 8
I’m So Cold I Could Die

CHAPTER 9
Right in Front of Me

CHAPTER 10
Building the Grubstake

CHAPTER 11
Dells, Swells and Fires

CHAPTER 12
Free Mulattas and Texas Slaves

CHAPTER 13
Brannagh’s Story

CHAPTER 14
Election Day

CHAPTER 15
Citizen Gogan

CHAPTER 16
Saving Her Flesh and Blood

CHAPTER 17
Taking a Round Turn

CHAPTER 18
The Waste of It All


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