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Trailer for Oonagh, by Mary Tilberg, out this month with Cormorant Books

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Take a look at the evocative teaser trailer for Oonagh, the already-buzzed-about debut novel by Mary Tilberg, published this month by (Toronto-based!) Cormorant Books.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In 1831, eighteen-year-old Oonagh Corcoran emigrates with her sister from southern Ireland to Upper Canada. In the deep folds of cool, green forest off the vast inland sea of Lake Ontario, she believes she has found paradise — only to discover that the New World harbours its own horrible injustices when she meets a fugitive slave from Virginia named Chauncey Taylor. Love grows between them as Chauncey slowly reveals his terrible past to Oonagh, reliving the pain and tragedy he and his family suffered as slaves. The two find that even in their small, accepting community, there are certain lines that can never be crossed.

Based on historical research, Oonagh is both a powerful love story and a gripping tale that reaches deep into the secret heart of our nation’s past.

"Mary Tilberg powerfully imagines a story for a remarkable couple who are mentioned in passing by Susanna Moodie, but otherwise completely forgotten — till now. As an act of narrative resurrection, Oonagh is both gripping and moving."
--- Steven Heighton, author of The Shadow Boxer

Please click here for more details about Oonagh and Mary Tilberg. Video courtesy of Cormorant Books.