I loved Irish Stew. Rose Gotsis writes with humor, pathos and insight, a colorful, fascinting tale of her large family with strong, varied interesting characters, customs and Irish Catholic cultural patterns. I was enraptured, entertained and educated by this intimate memoir with its universal themes that people of all kinds will relate to their own families and traditions.

Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D., author of nine books including Be An Outrageous Older Woman and Women Who Touched My Life, A Memoir.

Rose Gotsis is an accomplished poet who brings a lyrical rhythm to the stories that make up Irish Stew. This family album is a treasure with a universal theme. Rose's perception helps us appreciate each family member and friend. For favorites, I vacillated between the larger than life persona of her Uncle Pat, (Patrick the Patriach) and Fashionable Frannie, her teen aged best friend whose short adventure as a novice nun is the funniest story of all. The family's working-class poverty, during the 30's and 40's, is a great background for their laughter and faith.

Bettie Magee, B.A., Wellesley College, M.A. University of Michigan, Co-author of Choose Spain, (a guide to a meaningful retirement).

Irish Stew is a delightful journey back to the Depression years of the thirties. While the shenanigans of a large money-strapped family make you laugh, they also bring the tears. The mother who scrimps to give her brood Nickel Day at Revere Beach will be forever etched in the imagination. Every page grabs the heart.

Joan Millman, prize-winning author of a collection of short stories, The Effigy. Recipient of the Breakthrough Award for Short Fiction from the University of Missouri Press. Ms. Millman is the co-author of four parent education books. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University.

   

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