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3.00851063829787 out of 53.00851063829787 out of 53.00851063829787 out of 53.00851063829787 out of 53.00851063829787 out of 5 3.01 (235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nuala O’Faolain Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Legend says that May was tall with red-gold hair and big blue eyes, compellingly attractive to men. At nineteen, she stole her family’s savings and ran away from home in rural Ireland to America where she worked as a confidence trickster, a thief, a showgirl, and a prostitute, notorious as much for her violence as for her diamond rings. The tabloids would dub her the “Queen of the Underworld.”

Reaching across the decades for points of connection, Nuala O'Faolain brings sympathetic scrutiny to the understanding of an outlaw experience like no other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing look at an old-time, independent free-spirited crook.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Resurrects this remarkable woman and the world she knew with breathtaking prose.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The biographer makes herself a complement rather than an intrusion, and May emerges lively, unique and cut from the cloth of Irish and American reinvention.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Acclaimed memoirist Nuala O’Faolain recovers this colorful maverick of the Old Sod as only she could.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This is not only a thorough portrait of a woman on the wrong path; it is also a fresh and informative view of turn-of-the-twentieth-century America, and fascinating testimony to the need to tell and preserve true stories from all walks of life.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynda Castell-Blanch | 3/11/2016

    " I LOVED this book. And the Narrator's beautiful voice told it so well. (Terry Donnelly) I really enjoyed her "imaginings" of what Chicago May must have felt, it was as if she was channeling her, to me. I don't think she "made up" the book as a previous reviewer stated. It was based on years and years of research that took her all over the world. Her imaginings made it that much more wonderful. I lost my copy I bought years ago and am trying to buy it again but can't find it! 5 stars from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting slice of history - author pretty biased, but still a good story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 2/14/2014

    " The problem that I had with this book is one that the author admits to right away. She pretty much has to make up the book. It is an "imagining" of what Chicago May's life was like interspersed with details and pieces from her original autobiography. It was a little too much fiction for me. Maybe it would have helped if the author had just stopped interjecting herself into the book. She has a very lyrical style-it just distracted me from what the book was supposed to be about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/11/2014

    " Big on historic facts little on intrigue. Examines what life is like for a working-class woman with little options and big personality during the late 19th through the early 20th century. I was pleasantly surprised by the author's exploration of the significant in a seemingly trivial life. I would recommend this book if you enjoy non-fictions that offer historic context through the story of one life. "

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