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KITTY'S PEOPLE is a biographical novel following the Flanagan family as they grapple with disease, organized crime, alcoholism, fires, a wicked stepmother, abortion, and cold-blooded murder between 1885 and 1934. Born in Chicago, Kitty experiences the utopian community of Leclaire, Illinois, before the family settles in St. Louis. This saga is Kitty Flanagan's origin story from her youth as the daughter of Irish immigrants, through her years as a tragedy-plagued young mother and businesswoman, till her rise as the woman-in-charge—confident, organized, fierce, and supremely generous. Kitty was my grandmother and a role model for our times.

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Supplemental Documentation (continuing to be updated)

Interactive Map of family homes, workplaces, and other key locations. From city directories, U.S. Census data, birth/marriage/death documentation, newspapers articles.

Public Ancestry Tree for births, marriages, deaths, relationships, and other factual material (at

Scrapbook: Flanagans in Leclaire. Documentation of Moses Flanagan's time as Superintendent of the Cabinetry Shops at N.O. Nelson Mfg Co, in the "workers' paradise" of Leclaire, Illinois, 1893-1897.

Moses Rafael Flanagan: Scrapbook of Life as a Gangster. Timeline of activities, newspaper clippings, and known associates in Chicago and St. Louis. (.pdf) [Formating is very casual, sorry]

Coroner's Inquest, Nellie Flanagan Kralemann, 1913. (.pdf)

Curran Family History

Books from Mad in Pursuit and Susan Barrett Price: KITTY'S PEOPLE: the Irish Family Saga about the Rise of a Generous Woman (2022)| HEADLONG: Over the Edge in Pakistan and China (2018) | THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) | TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) | PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008)