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,... show more
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 refugeesvictims saving themselvesin 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 Americansand is a universal story you will never forget.
Publish date: February 28th 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Irish Literature
, 19th Century
Too cute for my tastes. Maybe I have read enough about the Irish Famine. Not much depth, rather a summary of prominent events from the Irish Potato Famine 1845-1848, subsequent emigration to America,travel from New Orleans to Chicago up the Mississippi, life in Chicago in the latter 1800s, the Irish...
Full review published here: http://www.brazenbookworm.com/2012/03/guest-review-galway-bay-by-mary-pat.html
As someone whose relatives came from Ireland to Chicago(Bridgeport) in the early 1900's, I loved this book. It sort of gave me a piece of what they had lived through..a number of the stories, particularly re: the treatment of the Irish were very similiar to stories my grandmother had told me.
I really enjoyed this one. It is a sweeping saga of the Kelly family who survives the potato famine in Ireland and makes a new life in Chicago. It is a bleak story at times but one of survival and human triumph as well. I found all the characters to be realistic and I really cared about them, partic...
Not perfect. It has its flaws. But it just seems so wrong to give it 4 stars. So---for all the things it taught me, for all the ways it made me feel, and for Mary Pat Kelly's 35 years of research, I have to give it the full 5 stars. Maybe I'll write more later, maybe I won't. By now I know better...