Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Book Description : Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.
Author's web site: http://www.marypatkelly.com/content/index.asp
My Review: This book is an epic. It reminded me so much of Gone With The Wind. If you enjoy those types of books that sweep you away to another time and place, then this is the book for you.
I have an extra copy of this book. I was sent two by mistake. If you like to be entered into the drawing just comment on this post. This is only for U.S. residents only. The contest will start today and run until April 1st, Wednesday when I will use a random number selector to pick the winner. If you are from FR leave your Id and @ FR and I will know how to contact you. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing address or I will chose another winner.
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