The Walking People, Mary Beth Keane ( hardback March 2021)
Mary Beth Keane wrote Ask Again, Yes last year, an American small town drama with Irish immigrants, it was compelling and emotional without being dense. This time she goes right back to the roots of Irish immigration.
1960s Rural Ireland. Greta Cahill must abandon her deserted village to follow her fearless sister Johanna on a ship bound for New York . . It's here that she steps out of her sister's shadow and into a life of her own, rich with love, work and family.
As the years pass, Greta longs to revisit the past - to see her mother, to show her what she has made of herself. But she must protect a family secret, decades old. So when her children conspire to unite the worlds she's kept so carefully apart, Greta fears she could lose it all .
. . A profoundly moving, compassionate story of self-discovery, The Walking People is a powerful and compelling story about our connection to the past.
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