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The Crooked Branch

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From the national bestselling and highly acclaimed author of The Outside Boy comes the deeply moving story of two mothers - witty, self-deprecating Majella, who is shocked by her entry into motherhood in modern-day New York, and her ancestor, tough and terrified Ginny Doyle, whose battles are more fundamental: she must keep her young family alive during Ireland's Great Famine.

After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny - and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.

With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny's past - and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.

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March 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: The Crooked Branch: A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
ISBN: 0-451-23924-5 / 978-0-451-23924-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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March 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Crooked Branch: A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA