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Kitchen Canary


Kitchen Canary

A novel about the power of greed and the toll of guilt and shame, and rewards of reconciliation.

At the insistence of her parents, sixteen year old Katie O'Neil reluctantly left her beloved Galway. She joined her cousin, Moira Murphy in Boston, Massachusetts to work as a nanny and domestic. In mid-nineteenth century Boston, Irish domestics were often referred to as Kitchen Canaries and considered property of their employers. 

As immigrants to America, the young women encounter rejection, fear, and humiliation. Their lives become entangled in the secrets and lies of their employers as 2102 Beacon Street. In four short years, Katie and Moira experience the evil and good of others, love, despair, and acceptance. Welcome to thier journey and the lives of the people they met along their way. 



Chatham, Massachusetts



Kitchen Canary
By Joanne C. Parsons

Through her fictional characters Ms. Parsons breathes life into our ancestors..
This book has it all—couldn’t put it down. pain, suffering and then love to conquer it all.
I would recommend this as a great escape for anyone - loved it.
…buckle your seat belts for an emotional journey back to the post-Civil War years.


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I'd love to make an appearance and sign copies of Kitchen Canary at your store or event! Thanks so much for your interest, please email me at KitchenCanary@gmail.com or via the form below. 

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