FBI Girl

How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code . . . With Love

By Maura Conlon-McIvor

FBI Girl

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  • Pages: 318
  • Publication Date: 7/14/2017
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FBI Girl

How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code . . . With Love

By Maura Conlon-McIvor

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  • ISBN: 9781532618628
  • Pages: 318
  • Publication Date: 7/14/2017
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In a house teeming with life, young Maura, voted the Most Quiet Girl in Catholic school, notices everything but says little. Eager to penetrate the secret world of her father, FBI agent Joe Conlon, she is drawn to the bureau drawer where he places his badge at night.

The time is the late 1960s, and Vietnam and the Cold War are fomenting unrest outside Maura’s suburban Los Angeles home. Inside, the Conlons and their five children are still bound by tradition: baseball games, Sunday dinners of roast beef and mashed potatoes, and The FBI on TV. Under the watchful gaze of J. Edgar Hoover’s picture, Maura’s mother, a former New York bathing beauty, remains a housemaker even as she slips out for assertiveness training.

And there’s the one unshakable rule of all: Joe Conlon never talks about his job. In fact, he rarely speaks at all. Believing that he communicates in code, Maura is determined to crack it. She uses clues gleaned from Nancy Drew mysteries, eavesdrops on adult conversations, and spins larger-than-life fantasies in her head, with her younger brother, Joey, who has Down syndrome, at her side.

But her flights of fancy turn sober with a murder in the family. Suddenly her father’s silence speaks volumes, and she learns a lesson from him abut fierce love during a time of devastating loss.

Bathed in luminous nostalgia, resonating with hilarious and painful memories, FBI GIRL is the coming-of-age story of a highly imaginative girl and a passionate homage to family bonds, the trials that test them, and the triumphs that make them stronger.

Endorsements & Reviews-

FBI Girl is a gorgeous, sumptuous book. Conlon-McIvor takes a subject (herself and her family) that might have sunk in other hands, beats egg white under her words and the whole thing rises like a dream. It's a love story for her people and for a time and place. Read it."
—Alexandra Fuller, author,
Leaving Before the Rains Come andDon't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
FBI Girl, written with “a touch of the poet,” surprises and delights on every page. Itvividly recreates recent American history as experienced through the eyes of a preciousand gifted girl growing up in a family challenged by a father’s difficult work and personality, a child’s disability, a murder, puberty, religion and government service. This book is memoir, fitting into the sub-genre of children surviving traumatic childhoods. But it can stand along the finest coming of age novels; the narrator and her awakening remind me of the wonderful characters of Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird and Franny in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I really like this kid and her beautiful book.
—Edward Tick, PhD, Author: War and the Soul, Warrior’s Return
Director, Soldier’s Heart, Inc.
“Beguiling…Few memoirs in recent memory offer such wit, poignancy, and pleasure.”
—Karen Karbo, author,
Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life and The Stuff of Life

"Gets the details just right to sweetly evoke an earlier era. Maura Conlon-McIvor lovingly shows how a child with a disability can reveal a family's unspoken capacity for love."

—Joseph P. Shapiro, author, No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

“An unusual achievement. Joe, Joey, and young Maura Conlon evolve, page by page, heartbeat by heartbeat, in this most notable work.”
—Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

“Touching and funny, inspiring and tragic, enlightening and sad. I closed the book with tears in my eyes and admiration in my heart for the girl Maura Conlon was and the writer she became.”
—Beverly Donofrio, author,
Astonished: A Story of Healing and Finding Grace and Riding in Cars with Boys

"Enthralling…a book to treasure…speaks to the universal themes of love and dignity and the healing power that comes from the heart. The best memoirs teach us about ourselves. Maura Conlon-McIvor does that with poignancy, humor and real heartbreak."
—Tom Hallman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of
The Stranger’s Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places


“Oh, I love this book…a funny, moving, beautifully rendered account of a girl coming to know her father.”
—Mike Rose, Author,
Lives on the Boundary and The Mind at Work

"A refreshing antidote to memoirs about childhood trauma. . . . A coming of age story that’s at once universal and deeply individual.”

People Magazine

“A delightful and compelling read.”
Elle

The author conveys her time (the 1960s) and setting (Los Angeles) with precision and detail; her feel for story, structure and understatement rightfully earns the poignancy of many moments.
Publishers Weekly

Readers will enjoy this journey through Conlon-McIvor's Irish American, Catholic-school childhood. An endearing, truthful, and joyful account of coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s; highly recommended.
Library Journal

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Maura Conlon-McIvor

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Maura Conlon-McIvor graduated from the University of Iowa and has worked as a journalist, editor, and producer on both coasts. Maura holds a MA in Literature from Wake Forest University where she studied the work of contemporary Irish poets. She holds a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and writes about the significance of our life’s first 14 years. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest with their two feisty dogs and enjoy music, travel, conversation and the beautiful outdoors. For more information, visit fbigirl.com.

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