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by Wilson,Margaret

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TitleThe Able McLaughlins
Author / Responsible partyWilson,Margaret
GenreHistorical Fiction, Domestic Fiction
TopicsHistorical fiction, Domestic fiction Immigrants -- United States -- Fiction Husband and wife -- Fiction Rape victims -- Fiction United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Fiction
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


The novel follows a group of Scottish families who pioneer the Iowa prairie in the 1860’s. The main storyline concerns Wully, the eldest McLaughlin son, who returns home from the Civil War to find that his sweetheart, Chirstie, has experienced an unspeakable tragedy that will profoundly affect the couple's lives. Their story is one of shame and honor, secrets and guilt, fear and loathing, revenge and forgiveness. But perhaps the stars of the novel are the strong older women such as Wully’s mother, Isobel, whose love and matriarchal strength keeps the family together as well as Chirstie’s stepmother, Barbara, who finds ways to make her good-for-nothing husband keep his promises. Interlaced with the plots are richly detailed descriptions of frontier prairie life, the love that families share, and the relationships within the Scottish immigrant community.

Additional Information

System control numberE15929
Original Print PublisherNew York ; London : Harper & Brothers, 1923
Narrator NameWarren Kati
Participant or performer noteWarren Kati
Narrators GenderMale narrator