Napoli, Donna Jo. Hush; an Irish princess' tale.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

NAPOLI, Donna Jo. Hush; an Irish princess' tale. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 340p. map. c2007. 978-0-689-86179-6. $6.99. JS

We can always trust Napoli (Head of the Linguistics Department at Swarthmore College) to give us a well-researched, thoughtful novel that touches deep emotions. Hush is essentially a story of a princess who loses everything and is forced into slavery. It is set in the 10th century and the heroine appears briefly in an Icelandic saga, telling of a woman named Melkorka, a slave of a local chieftain who purchased her from a Russian slave merchant. Melkorka doesn't speak, until her young son is two years old, when she begins talking to him in Gaelic, and then admits to her owner that she was once an Irish princess. That is the basic story Napoli takes as a basis for her...

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