Gra Im Thu! I Love You!

Gra Im Thu! I Love You!

by Joan Claire Gordon

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Two Irish families, with very different belief systems in the areas of religion and politics, both immigrate to Utah and meet there in the mid-1900s. They find themselves wanting to intermarry. But their diversity of thought poses problems. They develop a method to overcome conflict and build harmony in their relationships, and learn to eat peacefully around the table. At that table is Teague Gwynn, a thirteen year old boy, who intuitively knows that diversity and harmony can exist together in the same house!

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ISBN-13: 9781300487791
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 686 KB

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Gra Im Thu! I Love You! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is both a rich historical novel and a poignant love story.   I really enjoyed the historical context for starters.   The author drops the reader deep into Ireland (and IRA history) as well as Salt Lake City at the turn of the century.   In addition, the author explores the many facets of love, including an interfaith marriage, familial love, love of self, spirituality, etc.  This was a breath of fresh air for me.  The author clearly has skills as a writer and researcher.  But, it was also a nice change of pace to read a novel written with a clear tone of optimism and positivity.   If you are looking for a breath of fresh air in literature, this might be your cup of tea.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joan Claire's book is a very well written book about two Irish families who have immigrated to America (Salt Lake City) in the early 1900s. One is Catholic and the other is Morman. It shows incite into how people of different faiths can work out family problems, no matter what they are. Being from an inter-faith marriage myself of over 54 years, I can attest to the problems Joan solves, and how they were solved. Joan obviously did a lot of research before she wrote this book and it shows. Her characters are believable. Gra Im Thu, I Love You is a good book for everyone, not just those with problems. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it highly.
Peggy5 More than 1 year ago
Nice book! i love it 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many people, wither within their own family or those of others they know, have to regularly deal with family turmoil? Fra Im Thu is a lovely story from a new author, Joan Claire Gordon, about two families-the O'Gradys and the Gwynns-that provides insight into ways families can find accommodation though political viewpoints and religion are constant stumbling blocks. It has application to families in general, regardless of a families' diverse dynamics, and gives hope that families can eventually come together.
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Mary012 More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel about two Irish immigrant families in Salt Lake City at the turn of the century. One family is Catholic, the other new converts to Mormonism. The novel deals with how two teens from these families fall in love, marry and learn to work out the cultural, religious and intergenerational differences between their families. A really fun first novel with lots of interesting historical details about Salt Lake City.
lisalee11 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting semi historical novel about two Irish immigrant families who vary widely in culture, religion, and wealth. They must learn to deal with each other over time when the younger generations marry bringing both families awkwardly together. At first there is discord, but in a wide ranging story taking place in Ireland and the US the families are united in surprising ways.
aww More than 1 year ago
Catholics, Methodists and Mormons populate this story. The author does not appear to push religion, but tries to describe how people of different faiths can live together.  There’s history about Ireland and Utah in the early 1900s.  What seems a bit of a stretch, even incongruous, is the inclusion of a search for dinosaur bones, which sort of meets with success.  Although this story may be classified as Adult Historical Fiction, it may be better geared for what is being called New Adult (18-26) or even Young Adult (12-17). A 13 year old male protagonist is hinted about and finally produced toward the latter part of the novel.