No Country

No Country

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Traces the experiences of a young freedom fighter in mid-nineteenth-century Dublin whose best friend and daughter escape the potato famine by moving to America before their respective descendants move toward a fateful convergence.
In rural Ireland in 1843, Padraig Aherne leaves behind his best friend, Brendan, and girlfriend, Brigid, and sets off to Dublin to rally for his country's independence, unaware that Brigid is pregnant with his child. Once he reaches the big city, a dangerous mistake forces him on a ship destined for Calcutta. As the potato famine devastates their home, Brendan escapes with Padraig's young daughter across the ocean, aboard one of the infamous "coffin ships" headed for America. As two family trees expand, moving towards a disastrous convergence from opposite sides of the world, Padraig's descendants struggle to define themselves and find their places in the world.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Description: 553 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451635997
1451635990
9781451636383
1451636385
Branch Call Number: RayK

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finn75
Jan 04, 2015

Very clever how the families intersect through the ages. An interesting take on the Irish dispora in India. Never thought about it from that angle.

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

Beginning in 1843, this sweeping family saga spans both continents and generations. Fleeing trouble in Dublin, Irish freedom fighter Padraig Aherne boards a ship bound for Calcutta, leaving behind his pregnant lover, Brigid. While Padraig prospers in India, his best friend Brendan adopt's Brigid's child and later emigrates with her to Canada when the potato famine devastates their homeland. Before their fates converge, each character's actions set in motion a series of events whose repercussions will daunt all of the far-flung branches of this unusual family, culminating in a present-day homicide case. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

Beginning in 1843, this sweeping family saga spans both continents and generations. Fleeing trouble in Dublin, Irish freedom fighter Padraig Aherne boards a ship bound for Calcutta, leaving behind his pregnant lover, Brigid. While Padraig prospers in India, his best friend Brendan adopt's Brigid's child and later emigrates with her to Canada when the potato famine devastates their homeland. Before their fates converge, each character's actions set in motion a series of events whose repercussions will daunt all of the far-flung branches of this unusual family, culminating in a present-day homicide case. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

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