Summary Book Review The Parnell Influence by Joseph Strout :
Download or read book in PDF or another Format The Parnell Influence written by Joseph Strout and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2000-07-04 with total page 262 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Book Description: From the gold mines of California to the coalmines of Pennsylvania. Through the Civil War, and to the beginning of the twentieth-century, the Parnell family makes its mark. Samuel Parnell, an Irish immigrant, and patriarch of the Parnell family, amasses a respectable fortune by selling mercantile goods in the gold mining town of Hellbent. Then after killing a starving prospector caught stealing food from his store, he and his family are exiled from the hostile community. They then move eastward, where Samuel's quest for financial and political power conflicts with his family's quest for their own personal identities: a quixotic daughter fights for female equality; a hapless son leads excavations in search of dinosaur remains; and a frequently befuddled wife searches for a sense of purpose. Ambitions are crushed. Lives and fortunes are lost. Unique personalities, combined with bizarre circumstances, serve to make the Parnell family one of the most memorable, if not amusing dynasties the world has ever seen. Author Bio: Joseph Strout was born in New Jersey and educated at Rutgers University. The Parnell Influence represents his fascination with history, as well as his fondness for the town where he was raised.