On Canaan's SideBook - 2011
Lilly Brere, the daughter of a Dublin policeman, revisits her eventful past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War. She continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. It is there, far from her family, that she tastes for the first time the sweetness of love and the bitterness of betrayal. Lilly's tale, spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam war--and moving from Ireland to Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and New York--is both the narrative of the American twentieth century and the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capacity to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 22 cm