Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Connor (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780156029667
Department
Books
Released
8 Mar 2004
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Joseph O'Connor
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
448
Dimensions
203 x 133 x 25mm (454g)

Annotation

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the summer of 1847, a boatload of Irish refugees heading for the promise of America is stalked by a killer in their ranks who seems bent on some kind of revenge, in a historical thriller by the author of Cowboys & Indians and The Salesman. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Summary

  • Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea is a New York Times Notable Book and “thoroughly gripping” (People) historical mystery.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Historical
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Historical
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Historical
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
BIC Classification 2
Historical fiction
Library Subject 1
Mystery fiction
Academic Subject 1
English Historical Fiction
Dewey Classification
823/.914

Inside Flap

A New York Times Notable Book

"This is a brave and artful novel."--The New York Times Book Review

In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for the New World. On board are hundreds of refugees. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith and his wife and children, and a killer who stalks the decks in search of vengeance.
This journey will see many lives end, while others begin anew. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.

"This is a confident and sumptuously entertaining book, filled with the voice of Mr. O'Connor's native Ireland and composed with the sweep of the Atlantic's horizon." -The Economist

Joseph O'Connor is the author of several widely acclaimed novels, including Cowboys & Indians, Desperados, and The Salesman. He lives in Dublin.

Author Bio

O'Connor, Joseph: - Joseph O'Connor is the author of several widely acclaimed novels, including Cowboys & Indians, Desperadoes, and The Salesman. He has also written criticism, plays, and screenplays, and edited Yeats Is Dead! He lives in Dublin.

Review Quotes

PRAISE FOR STAR OF THE SEA
"A brave and artful novel."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "In Star of the Sea, O'Connor has written not only an epic novel, but also a very important one. By deconstructing the most defining moment of Irish history, and breaking down its essential components, he has given a face and a voice to the million who died."
--IRISH ECHO

"Along the way O'Connor even brings in a thoroughly gripping murder mystery that is all the more affecting for the depth he gives his characters. They add up to a powerfully symbolic microcosm of the time. Bottom Line: Shining Star."--PEOPLE By deconstructing the most defining moment of Irish history, and breaking down its essential components, he has given a face and a voice to the million who died.
-- "IRISH ECHO" A powerfully symbolic microcosm of the time. Bottom Line: Shining Star
-- "PEOPLE" A brave and artful novel.
-- "THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"