By Joseph O'Connor
By Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O’Connor is ambitious in both scope and style with his winding odyssey of a narrative, but the author’s far-flung goals are so well-intentioned that it is hard to fault him.

Numerous voices mingle in this post-Civil War immigrant story, and each is charming in its own way. We are exposed to poets, travelers, governors and soldiers searching for their roles in a nation still recovering from a deep fraternal rift. O’Connor tells a nearly unknown story of Irish immigrants during a vital stretch of American history.

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