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Books by Charles McNamara

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Fiddler’s Lament

Second Novel by Charles McNamara. 

Ireland, 1860 – Fiddler’s Lament is the saga of a poor but gifted Irish fiddler who fights to hold onto every good thing in his life in the midst of the British Genocide.  His parents are killed, his fiddle is taken away, his childhood sweetheart is exiled to Canada. He survives the dangerous voyage to Canada, death in combat during the American Civil War, and imprisonment. His goal is to be accepted as a respected citizen of his new country, a position he could have never achieved in Ireland. His refusal to give up, and the clever ways he and his sweetheart approach their new life defines what, for them, is sacred and what is nonsense.

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Ineke’s Mitten

First novel by Charles McNamara

After Nazis kill his fiancé, a young Norwegian struggles to overcome grief and loneliness and leads the most daring nighttime raid in U.S. Army history against them. 

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New book Shining Light

Shining Light

By Charles McNamara

A collection of 22 revealing conversations, including black and white portraits, with people who share amazing stories about their lives. You will meet people such as John Shaffner – cowboy poet and chuck wagon cook, Will Morton – carousel conservator and Marjorie Lansing Porter – Adirondack ballads collector.



The Joint

By Charles McNamara

The Joint is inmate slang for prison. In December 1974 I was granted unlimited access to the Maximum and Medium Security Prisons at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City to shoot this documentary.


Short Stories

Tea for Two

By |January 7th, 2019|

By Charles McNamara The concierge, Earl Wattenberg, greeted Randolph Carter and showed him to a table in the elegant Tea Room of the Brown Palace Hotel. The ornate Tea Room was illuminated by a [...]


By |October 6th, 2018|

By Chas McNamara Riding the train back to my hometown, I’m holding a photo of my friends and me with my uncle Mando standing behind us. How carefree we were back then, close-knit and [...]

The Scent of Balsam

By |December 28th, 2017|

By Charles McNamara The aging woodsman hunted every inch of his cramped log cabin searching for his journal. Am I losing my mind? He moved boxes of cornmeal, rice, tea, coffee, flour, and salt [...]

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