Ellis Island: A Novel

Ellis Island: A Novel

by Kate Kerrigan
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Ellis Island: A Novel by Kate Kerrigan

“A standout novel….A rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment.”
—Peter Quinn, author of The Man Who Never Returned

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan is both a poignant love story and a lyrical, evocative depiction of the immigrant experience in early 20th century America. Set in the 1920s, Kerrigan’s novel tells of a young Irish woman who must choose between her new life in New York City and her husband back home in Ireland, brilliantly capturing these two vastly different worlds in the process. Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will adore their time spent on Ellis Island.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062071545
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 71,959
File size: 574 KB

About the Author

Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.

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Ellis Island 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A review means to tell us if you liked the book or not--if it had a good plot, the characters were likable and the story flowed.  A review is not a regurgitation of the story in your words. B&N so graciously and eloquently provides an overview, you don't have to.  Don't ruin the book for others. Start a blog or a personal journal if you absolutely feel the need to paraphrase the story. Thank you.   3 out of 5 stars.
hshust More than 1 year ago
Wanted to read this book, but AngieJG totally spoiled the plot!!!  People, a review is to give your opinion of the story, NOT give away the ending.  If you are interested in this book, be aware that it got very good reviews, but don't bother to read them unless you want the ending given away.  
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. This is a good novel, this book kept my interest to the end.
Kitagrl More than 1 year ago
First of all, its really unfair to leave less than five stars just because you're complaining about other reviewers.   The star rating is so that others can see at a glance if the book is worth reading. Which...it absolutely IS worth reading.  I read a ton of books and I want to say that the character development in this book was VERY well done.   The storyline was unique, the plot well-thought out, and most of the book seemed realistic enough.   I love how the descriptions not only did a great job comparing poverty-stricken Ireland with bustling New York City, but the descriptions also worked to develop the personalities of the main character, and were not tiresome to read.     I could go on, but I just want to say that this book is WELL worth the read.   It stayed with me for several days after I finished reading it, and now I'm stuck trying to figure out what I want to read next.  Totally the sign of a well-written book.    I would absolutely read other books from this author.
bongie More than 1 year ago
A great summer read that will hold your interest. Ellie's character just pulls you in and this story tell alot about her and her life plus her family and the people she comes in contact with that will mold her. I couldn't put this book down. You sure don't have to be Irish to read it.
SuzanneMIlls More than 1 year ago
Great read! I was gravitated towards it because of my own grandmother's journey from Cork Island to NYC/Ellis Island at the age of 21 in 1921 with just a girlfriend. I could not put this book down! Kate Kerrigan writes with such clarity and simplicity that you actually feel what is might be like for someone of that time period to have made this journey with the hopes of a better life or with the hope of making money to send back home to Ireland. How difficult it must have been for so many to have left loved ones behind, and then actually realized that America had so much promise for them, more than they had possibly imagined! IWonderful, wonderful! I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop giving away the plot ! Sick of it , let others read the book !
HotPinkInk More than 1 year ago
Yes thank you AngieJG for spoiling the end of this book.  Please all you spolier out there PLEASE refer to the Review Guidelines where I found this- Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others. So I think if people are being spoilers we can flag  the post.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a few twists along the way, you won't be able to guess the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have one word to describe this story - EXCELLENT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bn please do something to these plot spoilers who ruin the books by give away entire storylines, line the some who give away endinfs. Fine these ppl, ban them, do something, i am sick of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but it didnt turn out the way I had envisioned when reading it. Not something I would call a favorite or read multiple times.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story, but didn't like Ellie very much. Looked for the next in the series but won't be putting that much money into a story I can take or leave. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted so much to love this book. My heritage is Irish and it did teach me what Free Irish means on my Great Grandparents US census reports. But the characters just did not grab you. They were not luke warm - I kept wanting to feel their emotions, or understand them but they were like carboard characters. Sorry, otherwise the storyline would have been fantastic - but it misses the mark by a long shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful reading from beginning to the end. I could relate a the dream I had or maybe we all had at one time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is personable and her life is hard to imagine, compared to the present. The characters are drawn well and all interesting in their way. The book gives an insight into the Irish "troubles" and how people lived during that time period, both in Ireland and in New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this slice of 1900s Irish and American immigrant life. The book gave me a glimpse of what it was like in New York City when my own great-grandparents arrived and began their new lives there. The author kept my interset so that I was loathe to do anything else but read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How sad that people leave a condensed version of the book in their reviews.  It spoils it for new readers.  I gave the  book five stars because I think I would have enjoyed it but not sure i will read it now.
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DNunley More than 1 year ago
Great story. It did jump around and get confusing at times but all in all it was a pretty good book.
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Every once in a while you come across a book that you just can't put down. This was one of them. The characters are so well written and the plot was interesting and kept you totally involved until the end. A great depiction of Ireland and New York City in the 1920's.