Moira's Crossing: A Novel

Front Cover
St. Martin's Press, Jan 12, 2000 - Fiction - 288 pages
0 Reviews

An exquisitely wrought debut novel about sisterhood through three generations in Ireland and America.

It is 1921 in Ireland. When their mother dies in childbirth, Moira and Julia O'Leary are left to rear their infant sister, Ann, while their father, a sheep farmer, despairs. After Ann dies, Moira and Julia depart Cork for Boston, but the painful secret behind Ann's death haunts their new lives and presages the confusion that will come to trouble the next generation.

Moira and Julia have always been strikingly different, but theirs is a mercilessly dependable relationship-Moira's boldness is fortified by Julia's quiet inner purpose, while Julia lives vicariously through her sister's impulsive actions. Moira's Crossing charts their shared journey through marriage, children, and lobstering off the coast of Maine. At once an examination of the troubled intimacy of sisterhood and an inquiry into the meaning of faith, Moira's Crossing is also a story of what we leave behind and who we become because of it.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

MOIRA'S CROSSING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A debut of some promise explores the relationship between two Irish sisters who immigrate to America in the late 1920s and never completely loosen their ties to each other, their past, and a long-ago ... Read full review

Moira's crossing

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Shea's sluggish first novel won't make it onto the growing list of good books about the Irish immigrant experience. The book begins in 1921 when 12-year-old Moira, the protagonist, has just lost her ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 22
Section 23
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 30
Section 31
Section 32
Section 33
Section 34
Section 35
Section 36
Section 37
Section 38
Section 39
Section 40
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

Christina Shea received her B.A. from Kenyon College and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. She lives with her husband and son in Boston.

Bibliographic information