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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Author(s): Kate Kerrigan

Location(s): County Mayo, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1900s



Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is embroiled in his affairs in Ireland, and caught up in the civil war. Nevertheless Ellie is extremely happy and fully embraces her sophisticated new life. When her father dies she must return home, but she intends to sort her affairs quickly and then return to her beloved America. But once home her sense of duty kicks in and she decides, painfully, that she must stay to look after her mother and resume her marriage. Ellie is suddenly thrown into the simple, rural life she believed she had grown out of…

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‘Kerrigan beautifully evokes the difficult struggles facing the rural Irish in the 1920, juxtaposed with the chance of a better, more glamorous life in New York.’ –Radio Times

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