Roger Ekirch


On his book The True Story that Inspired Kidnapped

Cover Interview of January 24, 2010


From the outset, I resolved to cast the tale as a narrative, an easy decision given its compelling nature. That said, a secondary goal has been to illuminate the contours of Irish society.  The sheer density of the legal depositions, many containing richly detailed recollections of both rural and urban settings, is stunning.  Though of varying quality and length, they speak not only of the minutiae of everyday existence—the clothing, furnishings, and customs of lords and peasants—but also of the cadences of Irish life. Ultimately, however, this remains a family drama full of unexpected twists and turns—a story about betrayal and loss, but also endurance, survival, and redemption.

© 2010 A. Roger Ekirch