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Growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago in the early 1950s, Sharon knew little about the history of her four Irish immigrant grandparents, except that they led terribly sad lives. She embarks on a remarkable journey to find her Irish roots. The first trip to Ireland is planned primarily as a family vacation, but she is soon drawn into the history that caused her grandparents, along with 2.5 million others, to emigrate from Ireland.
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While the first part of the book focuses on discoveries in Ireland, the second part follows in the footsteps of the author's grandparents as they tearfully depart an Ireland plagued wtih famine and political upheaval. The traditional Irish farewell was celebrated and the young emigrants failed to exist to family and friends after they said their final farewells.

Settling in Omaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois, the author's grandparents suffer hardships traumatic enough to cause anyone's family to go over the brink. The author describes in detail the stubborn pride and human failures that unravel their lives.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Irish Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland City?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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