We are so happy to welcome Dolley Carlson to the bookshop!
About the book: Think Downton Abbey, but set in the heart of Boston . . .
Irish domestic worker Norah King’s decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat 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 for generations, 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.
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. We are in Boston feet first and loving every step. The red coat is a rich legacy from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill.
About the author: Dolley Carlson is a third-generation Irish American with South Boston “Southie” roots. She is the daughter of one of Boston’s finest (Boston Police Department), and is passionate about weaving the people, locale, and lore of the city into her first novel, The Red Coat. For the last 20 years, she has been an inspirational speaker at events across the nation. She is author of a four-book series: Gifts From The Heart (Cook Communications), which has sold more than 90,000 copies. She has contributed to books and magazines, been a frequent guest on radio programs, and her work was featured on KTLA -TV in Los Angeles.
Dolley studied fiction writing for two years with novelist, Mary Rakow, Ph.D., The Memory Room (Perseus Books). She has taken writing courses at UC Irvine, CA, and attended workshops with novelist Lynette Brasfield, Nature Lessons (St. Martin’s Griffin), and writing teacher/author/radio host, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Pen On Fire (Harvest-Harcourt).