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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
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Author:  Colum McCann

ISBN:  9781408829370

Weight:  990g

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TransAtlantic – Colum McCann

1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet.  On his travels, he inspires a young maid to go to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfil its promises for her.  From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland.

1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland.  Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years.

1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace.  How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached?

Elegantly stitching these stories together, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, between fiction and non-fiction, between promise and memory.  Can we pass from the new world to the old?  How does the past shape the future?  How does even the most unassuming moment of grace have a ripple effect on our lives?  Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting, TransAtlantic is an outstanding act of literary bravura.

This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle.  Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line.  Those who can’t see the point of historical novels will find their answer here: in all intelligent fiction, the past has not passed

Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Bibliographic Data
Title:TransAtlantic
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Brown boards with gold-coloured text on spine, pale blue decorative head and tail bands, and turquoise endpapers.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some pushing to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing
Awards and prizes:Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9781408829370
ISBN 10:1408829371
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:295
H x W x D:241 x 161 x 34mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Dustin Aksland
Book design:Barbara M. Bachman
Jacket design:Holly MacDonald
Jacket photo:Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Title page art:Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Collectors Notes

  • TransAtlantic is one of the thirteen novels longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Colum McCann’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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