BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Frank Delaney's The Last Storyteller.
In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of Kenmare. Ben is immediately captivated by her, and a powerful friendship is forged. But when Charles Miller, a handsome American military intelligence officer, arrives on the scene, Miss Begley looks to make a match for herself. Miller needs a favor, but it will be dangerous. Under the cover of their neutrality as Irish citizens, Miss Begley and Ben travel to London and effectively operate as spies. As they are drawn more deeply and painfully into the conflict, both discover the perils of neutrality—in both love and war.
Steeped in colorful history, The Matchmaker of Kenmare is a lush and surprising novel, rich as myth, tense as a thriller, and, like all grand tales, harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and heartbreaking.
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The Matchmaker of Kenmare
Delaney: THE MATCHMAKER OF KENMARE
The Matchmaker of Kenmare taught me much of what I know.
“If a giraffe isn’t weaned right,” she said once, “you’ll have to provide twenty gallons of fresh milk for it every day.”
Another morning she told me, “If you’re going out in the rain, always butter your boots. It makes them waterproof.”
She knew a terrific card trick, but she refused to teach it to me. “Big hands are for power,” she said, “not trickery.”
At our very first meeting she asked, “How can you tell whether an egg is fresh?”
If it doesn’t bounce when you drop it? In those days, I had a sardonic inner voice, my only defense mechanism.
She said, “Put it in a pan of cold water with salt, and if the egg rises to the surface it’s bad.”
You must have seen a lot of bad eggs, said my secret voice. I think I was afraid of her then.
She went on, “If you’re hard-boiling an egg, a pinch of salt in the water will stop it cracking.”
A pinch of salt, indeed.
“If you ever want to catch a bird,” she said, “just sprinkle salt on its tail.”
How useful. You just have to get close enough.
“Not too much salt,” she added.
Does it depend on the size of the bird?
Could she hear what I was thinking? “But don’t do it,” she said, “with an ostrich. Ostriches hate salt.”
Hoping to sound tactful, I asked, “Are there ostriches here in Kerry?”
“Ah, use your imagination,” she sai...