On Canaan's Side
From the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America.
Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's story unfolds as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.
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Review: On Canaan's SideUser Review - Jane - Goodreads
Wonderful writing. Sebastian Barry captures the Irish voice perfectly. The story is definitely an anti-war novel, but this emerges as the main character, Lucy Bere's story unfolds. War affects her and ... Read full review
Review: On Canaan's Side (Dunne Family)User Review - Celine - Goodreads
Just extraordinarily beautiful and satisfying and moving. The gentle sifting through of a life lived with courage and gentleness, witness to multiple quiet kindnesses and casual cruelties, all against ... Read full review