An Irish Lullaby by Louis Michael Manzo
Reviewed By: K.C. Finn
Review Rating: 5 Stars
An Irish Lullaby is a work of Christian fiction by author Louis Michael Manzo. Billed as an uplifting life story which depicts a journey to fulfillment, our heroic duo is a priest and a working mother. Father O’Connor is an aged priest verging on the brink of a reluctant retirement from Saint Aloysius Catholic Parish, whilst his parishioner, Aubrey Fitzgibbons, has many complications to add to her faith. She believes in contraception and abortion, so when she aids a teenage girl with the latter, the good Father gets involved in a last-ditch attempt to do something before he’s wheeled off to the home for old priests. In the middle of this madness, Aubrey herself becomes pregnant, but the condition of the fetus threatens her own life. Questions of right and wrong plague Aubrey and O’Connor as they navigate to a startling solution.
As an agnostic, I usually review Christian fiction with a certain hat on, removing my own beliefs from the process, but I didn’t have to do that with An Irish Lullaby. The plot is unveiled against the backdrop of Catholicism and plays very intelligently on the contradictions between traditional belief systems and the realities of modern life, which I really appreciated. I found both Aubrey and Father O’Connor to be really well-developed characters who have much more to them than just their faith. I could really get behind Louis Michael Manzo’s opinions on how the law and current social beliefs impact on issues such as abortion and the rights a woman has to her body. Bravo.