Leaving Ireland by Ann Moore

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Hoping for a better future, Gracelin O'Malley sets sail from her beloved Ireland -- a journey that takes her to a world far different from anything she's ever known. After surviving the difficult voyage, she learns firsthand that harsh reality of immigrant life, and finds solace in the friendship of a runaway slave.

About Ann Moore

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Ann Moore was born in England and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. A winner of the Nelson Algren Award, she earned her MFA from Western Washington University. This is her second novel.
Published November 5, 2002 by NAL Trade. 378 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The beautiful, spirited Irish patriot who made a bad marriage (her first husband almost murdered her) for the sake of her family returns (Gracelin O’Malley, 2001) and now heads to New York, where life’s tough, the action nonstop, and Gracelin extraordinarily resilient.

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Moore creates a colorful, if familiar, tableau of German butchers, Italian laborers, runaway slaves, Jewish peddlers and, at the bottom of the heap, the Irish dockworkers, bootblacks and others that Grace meets at her job in a Manhattan saloon.

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