PAGING THROUGH HISTORY
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. Radden Keefe uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists; to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark; to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army; to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past, Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
"A topic I have always wanted to explore, The Troubles tore apart Northern Ireland for more than three decades and left thousands dead or injured. Say Nothing, focusing on the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville, tells just one of the countless tragic stories from that difficult time whose repercussions". -- Kevin
- Thursday, September 12, 2019
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Book Club Nook