“The Leaving,” a fiction novel by Boston, N.Y. resident John McGlarry, is the latest release from Buffalo-based No Frills Buffalo publishing company.
A 346-page fiction novel that combines murder, sports and 19th century Ireland, “The Leaving” focuses on Liam McGinley, who leaves Donegal, Ireland in 1845 to join his family in New York City. It is a time of starvation and fever as he leaves his grandmother and everything he loves and heads for the ships along with thousands of other desperate people seeking relief. On the road, he encounters the full force of the many displaced people who are emaciated and clad in rags, heading for the holds of the lumber ships for the long voyage to America.
Liam was lucky. He had the help of his cousin, Patrick Gillispie, a New York City policeman and a very close friend of Liam’s parents, who was able to secure special accommodations from the owner of an American ship which allows Liam to work in the ship’s galley and sleep in the crew’s quarters, instead of the disease-ridden, crowded hold. This did not protect him from the sights and sounds of the hunger that was gripping all of Ireland as he traveled over land to the ship, nor from the storms and situations on the ship at sea. It especially did not protect him from the blue eyes of the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He is thrown into a reality he never dreamed existed that will be a driving force for the remainder of his life.
Books published by No Frills Buffalo can be purchased online at www.amazon.com, www.powells.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.ECKO.com and www.nofrillsbuffalo.com. Several local bookstores also carry the No Frills Buffalo collection, including Talking Leaves; Dog Ears Bookstore; The Second Reader; Monkey See, Monkey Do; Lift Bridge Books in Brockport and Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca.
Additionally, No Frills Buffalo owner Mark Pogodzinski has announced the opening of No Frills Florida, managed by Aria Dunham. Like No Frills Buffalo, the new office is dedicated to providing both new and established authors an opportunity to publish their work.
No Frills Buffalo and Florida are currently accepting submissions from writers interested in being published. For more information, please visit www.nofrillsbuffalo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow No Frills Buffalo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NoFrillsBuffalo?ref=ts&fref=ts for frequent updates.