Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

Book Give Away: Galway Bay, by Mary Pat Kelly


Contest open March 17 – March 24, 2009

Book Description (from the Hachette website):

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.

About the Author (from the Hachette website):

Mary Pat Kelly has written and directed award-winning documentaries on Irish subjects, as well as the dramatic feature Proud. She’s been an associate producer on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, written books on Martin Scorsese, World War II, and Bosnia, and a novel based on her experiences as a former nun – Special Intentions. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has a PhD in English and Irish literature.

To read more about the book and its author, visit Mary Pat Kelly’s website.

Watch a video on the inspiration for the novel Galway Bay.

Look for my review by the end of the week!

How to Enter:

  • Contest open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses.
  • Leave a comment below – One comment per person, please!
  • Comments CLOSE at 5:00 PM PST.
  • I will use the random.org site to choose a winner on March 24th.

GOOD LUCK! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!