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Galway Bay

(2009)
(The first book in the Of Irish Blood series)
A novel by

 
 
Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Laughter and tears and pure magic." - Frank McCourt


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Used availability for Mary Pat Kelly's Galway Bay

Hardback Editions

February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly
ISBN: 0-446-57900-9 / 978-0-446-57900-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly
ISBN: 0-446-61733-4 / 978-0-446-61733-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly
ISBN: 0-446-69710-9 / 978-0-446-69710-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

February 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA