On November 21, 1920,  31 people are killed in Dublin during what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” It became one of the most significant events to take place during the Irish War of Independence. Finding stories about tragedies in Irish history is not difficult and finding notable tragic events in Irish history is not difficult either. Bloody Sunday is not even the only Bloody Sunday in Irish history. The most recent and possibly notable one wouldn’t happen until about 50 years later on January 30, 1972. Yet, this is part of what makes Irish history interesting. Events somehow weave into each other. They write their own almost satisfying narratives with passion, tragedy, and a literal world full of characters. Without likely meaning to, Colum McCann captures the spirit of events folding into each other over the time in Ireland with TransAtlantic. Newfoundland, 1919, Dublin, 1845 and ’46, and New York, 1998, out of context have nothing to do with each other. They are connected though through a family of Irish women who pass their dreams and aspirations on to the next and the next generation.

Book Title: TransAtlantic: A Novel

Book Author: McCann, Colum

Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC MCC

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