"Laughter and tears and pure magic." - Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela's Ashes
"A vividly lavish historical novel." - Booklist
In a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family. Because they and their countrymen must sell both their catch and their crops to pay exorbitant rents, potatoes have become 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--victims saving themselves--in the emigration from Ireland.
Danger and hardship await them in America. Honora, her unconventional sister Máire, and their seven sons help transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century." The boys go on to fight in the Civil War and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom.
Spanning six generations and filled with joy, sadness, and heroism, GALWAY BAY sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's forty-four million Irish Americans--and is a universal story you will never forget.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sochri - LibraryThing
I won this book from Firstreads last year and I'm upset with myself that it took so long to read it. I loved this book! I will definitely be sending this book to other people and sharing it as much as ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maryreinert - LibraryThing
Great concept, but way too many unbelievable circumstances. Honora, a young girl of Ireland born in the 1800's, marries a young man who is a musician. Soon children are born, but times become very ... Read full review
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