Blue Collars is a story about growing up during the late 1950s and 1960s in a New Bedford, Massachusetts working class family. Catherine’s novel details the triumphs and tragedies of the Kilroy family through the eyes of young Finn Kilroy, whose father worked a 50- to 60-hour week at the Berkshire Hathaway textile mill along the city’s waterfront. There, Portuguese, Irish, French and Cape Verdean immigrant families lived side-by-side in mostly 3-decker tenement houses typical of New England cities. From Finn’s tumultuous childhood to her coming of age, we experience her deeply personal family life of abuse and heartache amidst a backdrop of well-known historical events as well as events unique to an old American industrial city—race riots and textile strikes.
Author and artist, Catherine McLaughlin grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After receiving graduate degrees at University College Dublin and Bowling Green State University, she taught English and writing for 40 years. Now professor emerita Framingham State University, she lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Blue Collars will be released February 2018. To reserve your copy click here. Check back soon for more information and samples from the book.