In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 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. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 129 x 198 x 25mm | 252g
- 04 Aug 2016
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
It is, simply, perfect Irish Examiner
It is, simply, perfect * Irish Examiner * Majestic * Sunday Times * Quite simply one of the best, most sustained pieces of fiction I've read in some time ... A novel of true resonance and power * Independent * His vivid, reactive and heartfelt fiction lives and breathes, sighs and weeps -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * Beautifully hypnotic ... Those who can't see the point of historical novels will find their answer here -- Emma Donoghue, author of Room A very gifted, charming writer; in full, rhapsodic-onrush mode, he is hard to resist * Guardian * Beautifully poignant -- Andrew Marr * Mail on Sunday *
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.