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Local Author James Redfearn to read at Uphams Corner Library

James RedfearnAuthor Reading at Uphams Corner Library
Local author: James Redfearn
Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Uphams Corner Library
500 Columbia Rd

THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING is compelling fiction centering on men and women at the nexus of three seminal events in early 20th Century history: the Irish Rebellion,America's Red Scare, and the Boston Police Strike. According to its author, (first time-novelist-at-age-69) James Redfearn, the novel also serves as a metaphor  for themes that resonate in American society today: xenophobia, acceptance or rejection of immigrants and, as our national Pledge of Allegiance states it, "justice for all."

America Seeking its Lost Identity

In his novel, America is seeking its lost identity in postwar 1919, as radical revolutionaries, high unemployment, and labor unrest challenge the nation's democratic institutions. In heavily Irish Boston, a different challenge is played out by the city's predominantly Irish and underpaid police force and by echoes of Ireland's guerilla war of independence.

Boston "copper" and Irish immigrant Willie Dwyer is central to the story.  He is haunted by a decade-old nightmare, a legacy of his own involvement in his native land's rebel uprising, . When the police strike for fair pay and tolerable working conditions and the city erupts in chaos and confusion, Willie's nemesis crosses an ocean to hunt him down and disclose his secret.

Not to be outdone by the storyline of his first novel, Mr. Redfearn has lived a life worth writing about.  He was raised in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood. Redfearn, in addition to being a former Massachusetts State Police trooper (instructor, patrol officer, and investigator), has also worked as an industrial photographer, and as a longtime investigator for a prominent Boston law firm.

He earned a graduate degree in writing from Harvard University at the age of 59 and has had short fiction published by Harvard's Charles River Review and the New England Writer's Workshop. THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING took nine years to complete. It marks James Redfearn's stunning literary debut.

Contact Information

(Olde Stoney Brook Publishing, Publication Date: May 21, 2012, ISBN No. 978-0-9839960-5-7, $18.95)

Note:  This review based on a press release from Sandra Goroff

Sandra Goroff & Associates
42 Waterfall Drive, Suite L,
Canton, MA 02021

Posted: June 10, 2012    Nancy J Conrad

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