Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Early Bird Blog Tour: "Galway Bay"

Galway Bay
By Mary Pat Kelly

Description from Hatchette Books:

Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--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 in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.

View a letter from the author, Mary Pat Kelly.... here

Listen to the interview of the author on Blog Talk Radio... here

Some of the participants in Early Bird Blog tour:


I haven't finished the book yet, but I guess that will teach me to read two huge books in a row. When I have it finished, I promise a book review on it. I've heard only good things about the book, so please..pick up a copy and give it a read. Stop by the other blogs and read their reviews!! The history the book covers and how so many families were affected by the famine is eye opening.

Thank you to Miriam, Hatchette Books and Early Bird Blog Tours!!



Alyce said...

It's completely wonderful! I'm sure you're going to love it when you read it! :)

bermudaonion said...

I think you'll love this one.

Ladytink_534 said...

I've head a lot about this one lately. Great links!

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.