“Becoming Herself” is the fictional story of Margaret, an Irish immigrant in upstate New York, who undergoes many challenges but strives for a better life. Margaret fights for herself and this paves the way for her own self-discovery. Dealing with identity challenges at a young age, when she is give-up for adoption, and as she grows, having to balance being a wife, mother, and her own individual person, she continually embraces these challenges with a fighting-spirit.
Maureen Reid’s debut novel takes ideas of ancestry, history, women’s independence, and self-discovery, to new standards. Although this is a work of fiction, the story translates very well in modern times and is very relatable. Maureen discusses her inspiration for writing this book, her own Irish heritage, and her family.