Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have ancestors who suffered through the potato famine in Ireland, came to Amerikay and settled in Chicago much like the characters in Galway Bay. And my great-grandma was also named Honora as is the main character. (Though great-grandma was born in Vermont, not Ireland.) I had to read this book! I was not disappointed.
Not only was the story of the famine heart-wrending and fascinating, but so was the early history of Chicago. I grew up in Chicago and the names and places were brought to life in a way I hadn't known before. Marshall Field's, for instance. My great-aunt was a buyer there shortly after the period in the book, and my grandma and mother both worked there, too.
I felt connections and threads to my own family. Something came alive in me that had been hovering in the background all my life. Very moving.
The book is well-written and moves well. I recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction, but particularly those with an Irish ancestry.
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