Author Peter Quinn mixes history with mystery in latest novel


“My mother always told me as a kid: ‘Wherever you go, come back with a story.’ ”

Quinn adds: “The most important human occupation, I think, is storytelling. . . . What distinguishes us as a species is not just moveable thumbs. We’re the only storytellers. Every tribe, every nation, every family, every religion is a story.”

Thanks to Peter Quinn – not to mention Fintan Dunne and the expansive cast of "Banished Children of Eve" – the story of the Irish in America is much more rich and compelling.