Ellis Island

By Kate Kerrigan
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062071538, 368pp.)

Publication Date: June 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Description

Sweethearts since childhood, Ellie Hogan and her husband, John, are content on their farm in Ireland—until John, a soldier for the Irish Republican Army, receives an injury that leaves him unable to work. Forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, Ellie does what so many Irish women in the 1920s have done and sails across a vast ocean to New York City to work as a maid for a wealthy socialite.

Once there, Ellie is introduced to a world of opulence and sophistication, tempted by the allure of grand parties and fine clothes, money and mansions . . . and by the attentions of a charming suitor who can give her everything. Yet her heart remains with her husband back home. And now she faces the most difficult choice she will ever have to make: a new life in a new country full of hope and promise, or return to a life of cruel poverty . . . and love.




About the Author

Kate Kerrigan is the author of two previous novels in the United Kingdom. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.




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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. Ellie and John find a connection from the moment they meet and become childhood sweethearts. Do you think it is possible to sustain that relationship into adulthood? Are they truly soul mates?




Praise For Ellis Island

“Kerrigan is excellent at evoking both rustic Ireland and 20th-century New York.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Brisk and pleasant.”
-Booklist

“Kate Kerrigan’s Ellis Island is a standout novel that vividly brings alive the very different worlds of New York and Ireland in the 1920s. A love story shot through with a perfect sense of the period, it is a rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment.”
-Peter Quinn, author of The Man Who Never Returned

“Kerrigan is a lovely writer and her book breaks from the traditional mould.”
-Sunday Tribune (Ireland)

“This story is written with so much heart, its beat is palpable in every word on every page.”
-Cecelia Ahern on Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

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