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Ellis Island


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London reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. She is a now a full-time writer, and lives in County Mayo with her husband and their small son. Her latest novel, Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2006.


In her stateside debut, Kerrigan tells a familiar tale of an independent-minded woman born before her time. Childhood friends in early 20th-century Ireland, Ellie Hogan and John fall in love as teenagers, marry, and live happily in near-poverty in a rundown cottage. John works the land and fights for Irish independence, but after he's shot and the pair can't afford the surgery to repair his shattered hip, Ellie travels to America, where a friend has found well-paying work as a maid. Ellie promises John she'll be gone only be until she can send enough money to pay for his surgery, but once in America gets caught up in all New York has to offer and works her way up to an even better-paying job as a typist. And then there's the handsome and wealthy Charles Irvington, whose interest in Ellie forces an age-old choice. Kerrigan is excellent at evoking both rustic Ireland and 20th-century New York, and while the predictability and saccharine nature of the plot is disappointing, the atmosphere may be just enough to win readers over. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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