299 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888873774 $19.95 CA
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About the BookFrom Cork to the New World: A Journey for Survival is a work of historical fiction based on a true story: rather than watch their children weaken and starve, the McCarthy and Sullivan families leave poverty-stricken Ireland to become part of the Peter Robinson Settlement in Canada. Robinson, a member of the Canadian Upper Parliament, was responsible for bringing thousands of Irish settlers to Canada, where they vastly improved their situation through hard work and determination.
The story follows the fortunes, trials and tribulations of Thomas McCarthy, his wife Johanna and their three children. At the same time, we learn about the William Sullivan family, who travel on a different ship to Canada. The two families become acquainted when Denis McCarthy agrees to teach the Sullivan children to read.
Both families must deal with tragedies and never is a day taken for granted, although every day there is cause for thanks. Interspersed throughout is the Irish love of song, music and dance. And through all the trials and joys, the spirit of these immigrants remains strong.
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About the AuthorMichael E McCarthy Michael McCarthy published his first historical novel From Cork to the New World in 2009 and his second novel The Flight of the Wretched in 2011. Both stories chronicle Irish immigration in the 1800s. He has published articles for NorthEast Colleges and Universities Security Association´s (NECUSA) The Clipboard and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators´ (IACLEA) Campus Law Enforcement Journal. In his spare time, Mike and his wife, Ann, enjoy their grandchildren, kayaking and camping.