The Walking People

The Walking People

Book - 2010
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Greta Cahill never believed she would leave her village in the west of Ireland until she found herself on a ship bound for New York, along with her sister Johanna and a boy named Michael Ward. Labeled a "softheaded goose" by her family, Greta discovers that in America she can fall in love, raise her own family, and earn a living. Though she longs to return and show her family what she has made of herself, her decision to spare her children knowledge of a secret in her past forces her to keep her life in New York separate from the life she once loved in Ireland, and tears her apart from the people she is closest to. Even fifty years later, when the Ireland of her memory bears little resemblance to that of present day, she fears that it is still possible to lose all when she discovers that her children--with the best of intentions-- have conspired to unite the worlds she's so carefully kept separate for decades. A beautifully old-fashioned novel, The Walking People is a debut of remarkable range and power.
Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, p2010.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780547126524
Characteristics: xxi, 392 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 09, 2019

Great story! MB Keane has such an ability to draw out her characters. I loved everything about this book.

Sep 20, 2013

Fabulous read, great description of daily life in Ireland in the 1960's. Also, insightful into the life of immigrants living in New York in the 1970's. Characters seem so alive they could be aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters.
Author also wrote "Fever" about Typhoid Mary which is also excellent.

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