Novel written by area native available at Oil City Library

Novel written by area native available at Oil City LibraryNovel written by area native available at Oil City Library

A historical fiction novel written by an Oil City native is now available at the Oil City Library.

“Anna,” written by Catherine Gierlach Kennedy, is available for loan at the library, in addition to purchasing the book on Amazon and Kindle.

“Anna” follows the journey of a 19-year-old woman living in Petroleum City in 1929. Anna soon departs from her home to take on a series of adventures including an attempt to join a convent in Kentucky and travels to Seattle and the Galapagos Islands.

Kennedy grew up in Oil City and attended schools at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Her first novel includes street names from the area, the hills of Oil City and background on the oil industry.

Kennedy, 80, is a retired nurse and resides in Coral Springs, Florida with her daughter Tracy Kennedy. She has been writing for 30 years and is working on her second novel, “Tekla.”

She is the daughter of the former Joe and Lucy Gierlach, and the sister of Paul Gierlach, of Franklin, Diane Jackson, of Rocky Grove, and Marty Lutz, of Oil City.