Two weeks ago, I posted about the making of my upcoming book, Shamrocks: A Memoir of Mothers. I wrote about how delving into researching family stories, family history, history, language, and culture shaped the story. This book has taken me only a little over two years to write, but in reality, it’s been a lifetime in the making – or rather, several lifetimes including those of my ancestors.
And now that I am so close to publishing the book, it is finally time to reveal the book cover!
Cover Art of Shamrocks
The cover features a photograph of my great-great grandmother, Katherine Garrity Fox, whose story is told in the book. I first discovered this photo in the old photo albums of her daughter, my great-great aunt Betts. And as I had only seen photos of Katherine as an older woman, to see her young face struck me. She was strikingly beautiful, her face half-covered. On the back it read simply, “Miss Katherine Garrity.” This photograph seemed to be suited for the book cover perfectly, and I knew from the day the book idea formed in my head that it would need to be its cover. And of course – as the book follows my Irish family, the graphics are an Irish green!
“…in heaven a noble work was done, when God gave us a mother…”
I’d heard all my life that we were Irish. We’d wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, and my mother had bright red hair. Beyond that though, I didn’t know a single thing about our Irishness. Our family was from Indiana, just as Hoosier as they come. It seemed everybody as far back as we could remember was born here.
But long before our family ever came to Indiana, our mothers walked the hills of the Emerald Isle. Our St. Patrick’s Day green and my mother’s red hair told me as much, but until I began researching our family history as a teenager, I’d never known our ancestors’ stories. And I’d never guessed how much our Irish family story would come to mean to me – or how much it already meant to our family.
Journey with author Katie Andrews Potter as she traces her maternal heritage back from the present day to the days of the Irish Potato Famine. Katie weaves her story as a family historian and as a mother herself in with the stories of each woman in her matrilineal line. From daughter to mother, the stories she uncovers are those of sorrow and of loss – and yet ultimately of faith, hope, love, and the resilience of family. Shamrocks is a tapestry of stories of many generations of women, yet it tells one tale: that of an Irish blessing upon each new son and daughter. It tells of the blessing of motherhood, and the strength of family.
Shamrocks will be released on Kindle and paperback on March 14, 2019 – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! And don’t forget to add it it to your To-Read list on Goodreads!
Thank you, faithful readers, and may an Irish blessing be upon you!