The Crooked Branch

The Crooked Branch

Book - 2013
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From the national bestselling author of American Dirt and A Rip in Heaven comes the deeply moving story of two mothers from two very different times.

After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny--and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.

With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby?

Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny's past--and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.
Publisher: New York :, New American Library,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780451239242
Branch Call Number: F CUM
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 21 cm

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Eil_1
Nov 24, 2020

Aside from those who claim Ireland as their original homeland, little is known about the horrendous blight that caused the deaths and terrible suffering on the part of those Irish who farmed crops and livestock for the British Lords who lived in England. They were virtual slaves who lived on potatoes, a few cabbages and turnips. When the Great Famine occurred in the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of families were left to literally starve to death. This is referred to as "The Great Famine". Unable to pay rents to the Landlords, they were left destitute - their meager huts torn down and families cast into certain starvation and death. Into this nightmare enters Ginny, Ray and their four children. Their story evolves slowly but painfully.
In today's time, we experience Majella dealing with depression after the birth of Emma. Her trials and tribulations are further exacerbated when she finds the diary of her maternal ancestor - Ginny. She moves forward slowly to deal with this 'inheritance'.
An excellent story of survival - both past and present
I have to admit I enjoyed "American Dirt" more than this book; nevertheless, this was an emotional and amazing novel.

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dykeslane
Apr 06, 2015

really well written from present day to over 100 years ago in Ireland. Fabulous read

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Nov 24, 2020

Eil_1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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