The Story of Chicago May

The Story of Chicago May

by Nuala O'Faolain

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"A biography with narrative muscle and thrilling historical relevance." -Kirkus Reviews

Legend says that May Duignan was tall with red-gold hair and big blue eyes, and that she was compellingly attractive to men. At 19, she stole her family’s savings and ran away from home in rural Ireland to America, where she worked as a confidence trickster, a thief, a showgirl, and a prostitute, notorious as much for her violence as for her diamond rings. The tabloids dubbed her “The Queen of the Underworld.” Reaching across decades for points of connection, Nuala O’Faolain, the bestselling author of Almost There and My Dream of You, brings sympathetic scrutiny to the understanding of an outlaw experience like no other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440649974
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nuala O'Faolain (1 March 1940– 9 May 2008) was an Irish journalist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher and writer. She became well known after the publication of her memoirs Are You Somebody? and Almost There.

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Story of Chicago May 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dfullmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting bio about a young woman who emigrated from Ireland to America in the 1800's.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chicago May was a infamous crook/prostitute during the first three decades of the 20th century. Nuala O¿Faolain discovered her story and became increasingly interested in the life of her fellow Irish countrywoman. O¿Faolain takes the story of May from May¿s own memoir and adds a bit of history and insight. For the most part, the author¿s presence is welcome, she provides us with facts about the places and the culture that May lived in, and she has researched what others who knew May, or knew of her, had to say about her. At times, however, the author¿s presence is intrusive. This is especially so when she makes attempts to parallel May¿s life with her own brother¿s life. Some might see this as an attempt to bring May¿s story into the modern world, but it is distracting when the reader wants to know more about May and not at all about the author¿s brother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting life during an exciting period in time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book about the life of an immigrant. If you enjoy history from the turn of the century, you will love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning about the main character in the context of what was happening in the world during that time, especially for the Irish. Instead of 'blaming the victim' we see her struggles as an attempt to survive financially, physically and emotionally. It is neither predictable nor judgemental but complicated and insightful.