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TransAtlantic: A Novel

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force." Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined. nbsp; Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators--Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown--set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. nbsp; Dublin, 1845 and '46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause--despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave. nbsp; New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. nbsp; These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory. nbsp; The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year. Praise for TransAtlantic nbsp; "A dazzlingly talented author's latest high-wire act . . . Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham, TransAtlantic is Colum McCann's most penetrating novel yet." -- O: The Oprah Magazine nbsp; "One of the greatest pleasures of TransAtlantic is how provisional it makes history feel, how intimate, and intensely real. . . . Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday." -- The Boston Globe nbsp; "Ingenious . . . The intricate connections [McCann] has crafted between the stories of his women and our men [seem] written in air, in water, and--given that his subject is the confluence of Irish and American history--in blood." -- Esquire nbsp; "Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy." -- The Seattle Times nbsp; "Entrancing . . . McCann folds his epic meticulously into this relatively slim volume like an accordion; each pleat holds music--elation and sorrow." -- The Denver Post
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Brown, Arthur Whitten, -- Sir, -- 1886-1948 -- Fiction
Douglass, Frederick, -- 1818-1895 -- Fiction
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Historical -- FICTION
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Ireland -- History -- Fiction
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Mitchell, George J. -- (George John), -- 1933- -- Fiction
Sagas -- FICTION
Transatlantic voyages -- Fiction
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title_displayTransAtlantic : a novel
title_fullTransAtlantic : a novel / Colum McCann
TransAtlantic A Novel
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Transatlantic A Novel
Transatlantic [electronic resource] / Colum McCann
Transatlantic [large print]/ Colum McCann
Transatlantic [sound recording] : a novel / Colum McCann
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Mitchell, George J
Sagas
Transatlantic voyages