“A Bronx Summer”: A Captivating Tale of Transformation and Irish Immigration by Frances Browner to Launch on November 22nd, 2023 in Limerick.
An eagerly anticipated novel by writer Frances Browner, titled “A Bronx Summer,” is set to captivate readers with its launch on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023, at 7.30 PM. The launch event will take place at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Sq., Limerick. This literary tour de force will be unveiled by respected Limerick poet Kieran Beville.
“A Bronx Summer” has been described as a wry, humorous, and authentic “innocent abroad” narrative that delves into the emotional and sexual transformation of a young woman. In the tradition of Colm Tóibín’s “Brooklyn,” the novel promises to strike a chord with readers while offering a nostalgic 80s soundtrack. Through its pages, “A Bronx Summer” explores the life left behind and the promise of a new one, vividly capturing the Irish experience in New York during their last significant wave of immigration to America.
In anticipation of the book launch, Frances Browner expressed her gratitude to her publisher, Dominic Taylor of Limerick Writers’ Centre, for taking on this literary venture. She looks forward to reuniting with friends and family during this important occasion. Browner said, “I am very grateful to my publisher Dominic Taylor, Limerick Writers’ Centre, for taking on this book, my first venture into the world of novel writing.”
“I believe this novel will transport readers to a bygone era and make them reflect on the human experience of transformation, nostalgia, and the pursuit of new beginnings,” Browner added.
Frances Browner, grew up in Dublin and now a resident of Greystones, County Wicklow, her family connections with Limerick city are strong and her heart is very much connected with Limerick. Her grandfather, Con Browner, was born in Clare Street in 1894. Educated by the Christian Brothers on Sexton Street, he taught himself French and shorthand, and learned sign language to communicate with a cousin who was deaf and dumb. He became a reporter for the “Limerick Leader”; played hurling for Claughaun, and in 1917, joined the Volunteers, climbing to the rank of Intelligence Officer. In September 1922, he married Frances Lynch from ‘The Parish’, whom he met at a dance on Thomas Street. Frances spent much of her youth in Limerick before the family moved to Dublin, she recalls dancing in the Two-Mile Inn, and the Stella, and Ballynanty Rovers Soccer club.
Frances is now a well-respected creative writing tutor affiliated with Dun Laoghaire/Dublin ETB and Greystones Cancer Support Centre. She is actively engaged in local arts and was awarded Person of the Year for culture in 2022. Browner’s literary contributions have graced numerous journals, and she is the author of several books, including the poetry collection “Roots and Wings” published by Revival Press in 2019.
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Don’t miss the launch of “A Bronx Summer,” a novel that promises to take readers on a transformative journey filled with nostalgia, humour, and the magic of new beginnings. Join Frances Browner and Kieran Beville for an unforgettable evening of literary celebration on November 22nd, 2023, at 7.30 PM, at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Sq., Limerick. Be part of this extraordinary literary event!