Item description for Children of the Far-Flung by Geraldine O'Connell...
This is the true account of a remarkable Irish-American family, four generations of emigration and return, from Ireland to New York and back again. It is also the story of the author's sister, the late Deirdre O'Connell, founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Focus Theatre in Dublin-her marriage to popular singer Luke Kelly, her successes and failures and her remarkable and long-lasting impact on theatre in Ireland. In many ways, the book tells a tale common to thousands of immigrant families who made new lives in the teeming metropolis of New York City and the Bronx between the Depression and the 1960s. It describes their ongoing struggles to walk a tightrope between two cultures-the home they left behind and the one they were creating-and brings into sharp focus the conflicts that millions of immigrants face when forced to choose between the two. At its heart the book is essentially a joyful story, one of faith and endurance, a story laced with a touch of madness and a spirit of adventure, told with love and affection. If you want a sense of Irish America and its roots and ties to Ireland, Cusack's book is compulsory reading.""-Gerry Adams
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 2004
Publisher The Liffey Press
ISBN 1904148336 ISBN13 9781904148333
Reviews - What do customers think about Children of the Far-Flung?
Immigrants - Why? Apr 9, 2004
Read this book if you want to make sense of what is happening in the world today - It is funny, magical, strong and sometimes bewildering. Why do some immigrants find it hard to become Americans? Read it and find out.
People need to have this kind of experience Apr 6, 2004
November 17, 2003 I really appreciate the opportunity to read Geraldine's book over the past few days. I can tell you this, it has been a long, long time since I was able to "feel" a book I was reading. I was "in the picture" the whole time. I guess the time span (which pretty much matched my own) helped because I remember so much of what those times were like. I found that being a Sicilian-Scotch Catholic wasn't so different from being Irish Catholic in America. We all had so many of the same
experiences that we are truly all nearly the same. Geraldine's book unfolded in my hands and I felt excitement and worry for Michael Joe as he followed his heart and became a renegade and a hero. I would love to have met him. Everything was so counter balanced by Nellie. It broke my heart a little when he lost her and followed soon after. What a testament to love and "being one". I feel like I've learned so much about what Ireland must really be like....not the travel stuff that we all know, but the true heart, spirit and geography of what must be an incredible land......What a truly delightful clan. I hope this book does very well. People need to have this kind of experience...My only regret, having finished the book, is what now? Thanks, again, to you for bringing the book to me and, certainly, thanks to Geraldine for putting it all down on paper. Don Senger