A young woman succeeds in making her dreams live. What does she do as she sees them dying?
In 1943, Colleen Murphy was born at night, during the era of wartime blackouts, into a conservative, Irish-American Catholic family in The Bronx. Her mother knew immediately that this baby was different. And it worried her.
From the start, Colleen was observant, curious, searching. She had a sparkling glow about her. In her teen years, she yearned to break free, to be independent, to love and be loved. In 1959, she became pregnant at age 16. Only her beloved grandmother stood by her.
Colleen was never a “rebel without a cause.” She struggled to understand who she was and what Life was all about. She loved learning and expressed herself through music and singing. In the freedom of the 1960s, she created a new life for herself and her daughter. Colleen moved to California, becoming active in the peace movement, the women’s movement, and human potential movement. She was part of the revolutionary changes in personal and social life brought on by the counterculture.
But in the early 1970s, the United States took a sharp turn to the right. Many of the advances of The 60s did not survive. It was a period of profound difficulty for Colleen. She left California and returned to New York City, discouraged, lost. Those who loved her deeply worried about her. They did not know if Colleen would survive…neither did she.
Praise for Erin’s Daughters:
“A lyrical tale of struggle and redemption spanning generations of an Irish clan from the Auld Sod to the Gaelic Bronx, enriched by Michael Mannion’s spiritual insights and acute sense of place.”
— Ralph Blumenthal – author and investigative journalist