The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston

The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston

by Dolley Carlson


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"An inspiring tale of Irish immigrants...and honors the sacrifices of all the immigrants who have made and continue to make this country great." – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., New York Times bestselling author

Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, from the coat's original owner, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Rosemary, Kay, and Rita.

As all of these young women experience the realities of life – love and loss, conflict and joy, class prejudices and unexpected prospects – the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, a time of change, challenge, and opportunity.

Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors. See how the Parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. And witness the profound impact of a mother’s heart on her children’s souls. Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion – both tragic and joyful – words of wisdom, romance, humor, and historical events.

Dive into Boston feet first! The Red Coat is a rich novel that chronicles the legacy of Boston from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510743311
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 56,920
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Dolley Carlson is a third-generation Irish American with Southie roots and the daughter of one of Boston's finest - BPD - Boston Police Department. The author of four non-fiction books, The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston is her latest work and first novel.

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The Red Coat - A Novel of Boston 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading,,,,
Anonymous 10 months ago
The Red Coat was an enjoyable read however it could have been 100 pages shorter.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A loving look back through time of a wonderful family and cherished memories, handed down through the generations.
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Anonymous 12 days ago
it was like opening the pages of a diary and glimpse g the lives of the characters it is a relaxing easy read and so typical of the 40's and 50's
Anonymous 21 days ago
I was entertained from page one, this historical novel made me remember so much of my own childhood. I wanted to know more about this amazing Irish family so I hope there is some sort of sequel
Anonymous 22 days ago
Absolutely glorious! This brought back so many memories of my childhood: my Mother and her four sisters laughing and talking together, my Dad being drunk and mean, my two sisters and me getting our new Easter outfits when we didn't have the money, and riding the city bus into downtown Houston (TX) to see the Christmas displays in the windows of Foleys Department Store. We weren't Irish, Catholic or Bostonians, but we had so many of those same traditions. I loved this beautifully written book about a time gone by in America.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Makes one want to go back to the "good ole days" in Southie. These people had something that has gone away in today's world: close knit neighborhoods where everyone looked out for everyone else, and no matter how desperate things looked, love always found a way. Loved the book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved the Book. Great Story Line!! I love reading about Irish families!! Good read. Hard to put the book down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a great book. I enjoyed reading it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic tale of how wearing a special garment makes the wearer feel special, and have confidence-to the point that the coat becomes almost magical for her. How it comes into a scrubwoman's family, and becomes a part of the lives of her children and grandchildrens lives is told in a manner that make us feel as if we are there ourselves, and experience the positive power that comes to a poor scrub womans daughters just by wearing a beautiful red coat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago