Who is he? A small photograph glimpsed at a family reunion sets the author off on a transatlantic quest of follow the life of her great-grandfather. Following his journeys between two continents, from the Great Famine to the American Civil War and Westward Expansion, she uncovers not only his story but also her own - and a secret hidden from her family for generations.
Finding Home: An Irish American Story traces one family through an epic century of disaster, epidemic, and divisions strong enough to tear countries apart. Part memoir, part family history, it captures the tumultuous events of the nineteenth century through the eyes of everyday people who lived them. These ordinary, yet extraordinarily resilient people strove for a better life, for a better world. In uncovering their stories, Farley Shuford explores how the past shapes the present and the lessons our ancestors have for us today. Buy Book Here!
Reviews and comments from readers:
“..an engrossing love-letter to Ireland that emanates form the deepest human yearning to find one’s own roots. A moving and poetic tale told with the humor and grace of a storyteller, the doggedness of an investigative reporter and the incisiveness of a historian.”
“..a must read for anyone who’s ever wanted to truly know the soil and the souls that make up their ancestry.”
“Farley Shuford’s meticulous research, gift for story telling and knowledge of history make for an enthralling read.”'
Lois Farley Shuford was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a deep love for Ireland and has been fortunate to visit often.
She has had a rich and varied career in all levels of education, most recently at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Mom to Becky, Gabe, Jes and James, Lois shares an old house in Evanston with her husband Bob, and their cats, George and Gracie.
Finding Home: An Irish American Story, by Lois Farley Shuford is available at antobarbooks.com
Published March 1, 2022 by AnTobar Books.
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