Fairfield author Deborah Henry has released a historical novel, "The Whipping Club" (T.S Poetry Press), set against the backdrop of violence and prejudice in 1960s Ireland.

Described by Kirkus Reviews as, "A powerful saga of love and survival," it is her first novel and was published last month.

The plot involves an Irish Catholic woman, Marian, who is in love with a Jewish journalist and hides the birth of her out-of-wedlock child to save her future marriage, according to a news release. The infant boy she relinquishes ends up not with an American family as promised, but in a notorious Catholic orphanage where there is little hope for his survival.

Tormented by feelings of remorse and guilt that have plagued her throughout her marriage to the boy's father, the woman must confront the truth and reveal her long-buried secret.

"The Whipping Club" is available in print and e-book formats.

The author attended American College in Paris, graduated from Boston University with a minor in French language and literature, and received a master's in creative writing at Fairfield University. Henry lives in Fairfield with her husband and their three children.

For information, visit www.deborahhenryauthor.com.