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In April 1924, the Carmania set sail from Cobh, Co. Cork bound for Philadelphia.  Catherine Brennan was one of many passengers on board who hoped to make her fortune.  Her life story unfolds at the age of 22.  Meeting the bold Maurice Fitzgerald on board ship - her 6 years in Philadelphia living with the rich and returning to the west of Ireland, to seek a husband through a matchmaker.


Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it's a split between close male friends in their 20s. In Chris Binchy's astutely observed American debut, the pair in question is David and Alex, Dubliners whose long bond is tested by romantic rivalry and the strains of encroaching adult responsibilities.

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