In her stateside debut, Kerrigan tells a familiar tale of an independent-minded woman born before her time. Childhood friends in early. Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. June 26, by Anna. ellis island. Source: Review copy from Harper Rating. Not indeed that I had been. Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is.

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Diary of an Eccentric writings of an eccentric bookworm. For, she is going to earn money for her husband, rather than being the one left behind waiting to be send for later. I have read reviews, good and bad, based solely on the ending. Ellie makes the tough decision to take a job in New York in order to send back enough money for his operation.

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But I also understood John’s position and his reasons to want Ellie to come back to him and their home country. Book 2, City of Hope, holds the kerrigan to her true desires.

Kate immigrates from impoverished Iwland to New York City to earn money for surgery for her disabled husband John. The choices that had to be made did not, for the most part, seem kerrigwn hold any real sense of conflict, and there was little sense of the struggle of the immigrant experience, which one would expect from a book entitled “Ellis Island”. I hope you enjoy it, too. That ending was so frustrating!! There is so much temptation for Ellie to resist and trying to stay grounded gets harder every day.


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The first quarter of the novel takes place in Ireland, early s. Ellie even starves herself for five days to make her extremely religious parents realize how much she needs John.

Review: Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan | Diary of an Eccentric

She loves to escape to the neighbors and ends up falling in love with their son. Jul 05, Kathleen Kat Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: The Invention of Wings.

To ask other readers questions about Ellis Islandplease sign up. You submitted the following rating and review. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. May 08, Misfit marked it as thinking-about-it. Hardship follows, as one knows it must. Aug 20, Maren rated it did not like it.

Most characters smoke or engage in social drinking. Anyone who has visited the building, which is now a museum, ellks recognize these scenes that Kerrigan brings vividly to life as Ellie first comes to America.

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Indeed should they be compared at all given islans they are most definitely two different genres? Ellie’s sense of identity is confused. In addition, John, her husband becomes injured fighting for the Irish Republican Army.

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In s Ireland, Ellie’s husband has been injured fighting for his country’s freedom. In the last chapter of the book in particular, in a scene involving perfume, it seemed to me that she was still trapped by it, remembering her love for John at the very end.


I have so little patience for whiny women who have a wonderful marriage but they just happen to meet an eligible rich bachelor who through no fault of hers, I mean it was just innocent flirting, falls in love with her, but she stands her ground and says she is happily married, so they are just best buddies, completely platonic, nothing wrong with that, no Maybe it is a little harsh to only kerrjgan it one star, but the last half third?

Equally unbelievable is how she threw away a future to be with a douchebag who kerrian little to support her or her future. Aug 05, Jade Keller rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with vivid descriptions of an immigrant’s journey to find a new life and prosperity in America.

It seemed drab ,ate uninteresting. I will still be posting my thoughts on what I read and will hopefully, eventually make my way through my review backlog. Not indeed that I had been planning to do anything in particular — but nonetheless, I realized how much I had been enjoying the anonymity that New York afforded me. As per my review policy updated Dec. He didn’t even give New York a chance!