Star of the Sea Author:Joseph O'Connor Great Irish Writers Series — Star of the Sea — Joseph O'Connor — In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees, some brimming with optimism,many more desperate. Among them is a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Me... more »rridith and his wife and children, an aspiring novelist, and a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a n ew home. Each is connected ore deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.
The twenty-six-day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go. This bestselling novel by Joseph O'Connor is urgently contemporary in its preoccupations as it is historically revealing ~ a gripping and compassionate tale that builds with the pace of a thriller to an unforgettable conclusion.« less