Book Reviews of The Walking People

The Walking People
The Walking People
Author: Mary Beth Keane
ISBN-13: 9780547126524
ISBN-10: 0547126522
Publication Date: 5/20/2009
Pages: 416
Edition: None
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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This fictional book was well written and a page turner. The story begins in Ireland and moves to the U.S. through generations. It's a lovely story and I would read more from this author
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In this debut novel, Mary Beth Keane establishes herself as a writer with real talent. A friend (whose opinion I value on books worth reading) recommended this book, which I began somewhat reluctantly because the subject matter didn't seem interesting. Living in the south, I am aware of the reputation that travelers have for perpetrating numerous frauds and scams on elderly people. I also didn't have much interest in yet another book on the plight of Irish immigrants. I was very wrong to be dismissive of this book, which quickly pulled me deeply into its plot and characters. Despite a somewhat slow beginning, it was well worth pursuing to its poignant and memorable end.

I also highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more by Mary Beth Keane.
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In this debut novel, Mary Beth Keane establishes herself as a writer with real talent. A friend (whose opinion I value on books worth reading) recommended this book, which I began somewhat reluctantly because the subject matter didn't seem interesting. Living in the south, I am aware of the reputation that travellers have for perpetrating numerous frauds and scams on elderly people. I also didn't have much interest in yet another book on the plight of Irish immigrants. I was very wrong to be dismissive of this book, which quickly pulled me deeply into its plot and characters. Despite a somewhat slow beginning, it was well worth pursuing to its poignant and memorable end.

I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more by Mary Beth Keane.