TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic

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1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years. 1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached? 1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. On his travels he inspires a young maid to go to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfill its promises for her. From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland.

Can we pass from the new world to the old? How does the past shape the future? In TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning Colum McCann has achieved an outstanding act of literary bravura. Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting it weaves together personal stories to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 27mm | 485g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408841266
  • 9781408841266
  • 71,553

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Praise for Let the Great World Spin: A blockbuster, groundbreaking, heartbreaking, symphony of a novel ... No novelist writing of New York has climbed higher, dived deeper Frank McCourt
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Praise for Let the Great World Spin: A blockbuster, groundbreaking, heartbreaking, symphony of a novel ... No novelist writing of New York has climbed higher, dived deeper -- Frank McCourt An exceptional performance by a writer whose originality and profound humanity is evident throughout this highly original and wondrous novel -- Douglas Kennedy * Independent * A giant among us - fearless, huge-hearted, a poet with every living breath * Peter Carey * One of the greatest ever novels about New York. There's so much passion and humour and pure life-force on every page that you'll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed * Dave Eggers *
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About Colum McCann

Colum McCann, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. His most recent novel, the New York Times bestseller Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and several other major international awards. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He lives in New York.

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4 41% (8,882)
3 25% (5,354)
2 7% (1,484)
1 2% (480)
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