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C.J. Noonan

Storytelling from California

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Sea-Hill Press

April 2011

 

paperback and Kindle

ISBN 978-097080506-5

 

 

iPad

ISBN 978-19372003-2

What Readers Say….

“What details. So thoughtful. So perfect.”  Ilene Beckermann, author Love, Loss, and What I Wore

 “Mary's long life is one that proves there is wealth beyond money.”  pjl

 “her characters are full of animation, no wooden lifeless personalities in this book.’  sen

 “fascinating California history. And it's also a page turner.” RKC

“enlightenment and compassion” Alice Medrich, author Bittersweet

Truckee River at Truckee, California

Indian paintbrush by

river

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The House on Harrigan's Hill ...

The famous Rocking Stone

Truckee Railroad Depot

Photos courtesy of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society

As their parents struggle against each other, Mary Edwards and her brother and sisters fend for themselves in the high Sierra isolated railroad outpost of Truckee, California, in 1910, a time of economic and social instability.

 

After Papa’s infidelity with Mama’s sister, Mama kicks him out and takes the children to a ramshackle refuge on Harrigan’s Hill where the family tries to overcome severe poverty until disaster after disaster pulls them down.

 

Finally, in pursuit of money to keep together, the family takes in two children, placing themselves in the middle of revenge and murder which Papa, chastened and wishing to return, helps resolve morally, if not legally. The family heads out of the mountains to Sacramento, hoping for a better life in the sunny, verdant valley.

 

When Mary, 87, tells her great-grandson about the drama that enveloped her mountain girl life, the tale sparks memories of her city woman experiences after the family escaped to Sacramento. Her perceptions shift from youthful innocence to old-age understanding of irrational human behavior while she reflects on the tumultuous transition from frontier to modern-day life.

 

The novel is a poignant tale of the struggles with treacherous nature versus disasters made by man.

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Church Street in Winter

Photos courtesy of Truckee-Donner Historical Society

Last Chance Saloon

Ice Castle and Toboggan Slide

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the house on harrigan's hill

Set in the Sierra Nevada railroad outpost of Truckee, California, the story follows the Edwards family, as they struggle to survive in this harsh mountain environment.  Based on true events, this touching novel interweaves the lives of the five Edwards children across the fabric of the twentieth century while capturing the power of the human spirit to withstand the heartbreak of poverty and loss. 

- Rosemary Hayward, author of Margaret Leaving

 
The House on Harrigan's Hill

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Sea-Hill Press

April 2011

 

Paperback and Kindle

ISBN 978-097080506-5

 

iPad

ISBN 978-19372003-2

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