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Life Sentences / by Billy O'Callaghan.

O'Callaghan, Billy, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781567927320
  • ISBN: 1567927327
  • Physical Description: 189 pages ; genealogical tables ; 24 cm

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"The sweeping story of one Irish family's fight for sur-vival makes for an unfor-gettable tale of love, aban-donment, hunger, and re-demption. At just sixteen, Nancy Mar-tin leaves the small island of Cape Clear for the main-land, the only member of her family to survive the effects of the Great Famine. Finding work in a grand house on the edge of Cork City, she is irrepressibly drawn to the charismatic gardener Michael Egan, sparking a love affair and a devastating chain of events that continues to unfold over three generations. Spanning more than a cen-tury, Billy O'Callaghan's Life Sentences weaves to-gether the journey of an Irish family determined against all odds to be free. In 1920, Nancy's son Jer has lived through battles of his own as a soldier in the Great War. Now drunk in a jail cell, he struggles to piece together where he has come from, and who he wants to be. And in the ear-ly 1980s, Jer's youngest child Nellie is nearing the end of her life in a council house just steps away from her childhood home; remembering the night when she and her family stole back something that was rightfully theirs, she imagines what lies ahead for those who will survive her. This moving portrait of life in Ireland is set in the vil-lage where O'Callaghan's family has lived for genera-tions, and is partly based on stories told by his par-ents and grandparents. His writing is imbued with lived experience and hard-earned truths, creating a novel so rich in life and empathy it is impossible to let go of these characters. This ambitious and lyrical family saga confirms Billy O'Callaghan as one of the finest living Irish writers"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Families > Fiction.
Generations > Fiction.
Survival > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Ireland > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library FICTION O'CALLAGHAN 20224.05 (Text) 0001002413761 Fiction New Available -

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