THE THREE WISHES OF JAMIE MCRUIN by Charles O'Neal

THE THREE WISHES OF JAMIE MCRUIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Winner of a $5,000 Christopher Award, this sets off the traditional trait of Gaelic fancy and combines warmth and whimsy and humor in the story of Jamie McRuin, an Irish lad, who is promised three wishes by the Fairy Queen- travel, a beautiful wife, and a wonderful son. Not only does he evade marriage to the unattractive girl to whom he is pledged- but he also secures his first wish when he and his cousin fall into the river and are presumed dead. They take the money collected at the wake and go off to America where they join up with a band of Irish horse traders in Georgia and it is there that Jamie meets lovely Maeve Harrigan, marries her. Failing to have a child, Jamie sees his third wish accomplished when he and Maeve adopt Kevin, a mute child whose mother had died, and whose drunken father did not want him... The strong Irish flavor has its own charm.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1949
Publisher: Messner