The Walking People Author:Mary Beth Keane Greta Cahill never believed she would leave her village in the west of Ireland until she found herself on a ship bound for New York, along with her sister Johanna and a boy named Michael Ward. Labeled a "softheaded goose" by her family, Greta discovers that in America she can fall in love, raise her own family, and earn a living. Though she long... more »s to return and show her family what she has made of herself, her decision to spare her children knowledge of a secret in her past forces her to keep her life in New York separate from the life she once loved in Ireland, and tears her apart from the people she is closest to. Even fifty years later, when the Ireland of her memory bears little resemblance to that of present day, she fears that it is still possible to lose all when she discovers that her children?with the best of intentions? have conspired to unite the worlds she?s so carefully kept separate for decades. A beautifully old-fashioned novel, The Walking People is a debut of remarkable range and power.« less
Hmmm, how do I review this without spoiling things? Well, first off the book was well-written enough to keep me reading until the end, however the description they use to promote the book is HIGHLY misleading. Let's just say this is a fictional narrative of a family and their dynamics. The whole family secret angle is extremely overplayed. The ending pissed me off even though I knew exactly how it would end by page 300. It's definitely not a terrible book, but it is nowhere nearly as good as they hype.