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Jeremiah's Hunger

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Jeremiah Buckley buries his baby sister and his mother in a hillside in County Cork in the midst of An Gorta Mor,(the Great Hunger), his grief turns to rebellion and commitment to the land as he works to achieve a dream which will echo over the centuries and as far away as America.

Jeremiah's journey carries him into the bare heart of his homeland where he endures the
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2011 by Borealis Press
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Jo Butler
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the 1840s the potato famine ravaged Ireland. Crop failures, starvation, and emigration to America reduced the population of the country up to 25%, but Ireland was troubled even before then. Until 1828 Irish Catholics had been barred from owning land. When the blight struck, most of them were still renting small farms from English landlords. If the starving families couldn’t pay their rent, they were evicted.

Jeremiah Buckley came into manhood during this bitter time, and watched family and fri
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Gregory Gerard
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jeremiah's Hunger is an interesting 'historical fact/fiction' story of Ireland during the 19th century. The author obviously did her homework to take the reader through the politics and struggles of the era, while telling us the tale through the eyes of an Irish family. The ancestors of the author, in fact! Being of Irish heritage myself, I really enjoyed learning about these historical events that I've only previously heard about in high school history. Events like the Potato Famine and the str ...more
Sonja Livingston
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jeremiah's Hunger reveals a great deal about the Great Hunger/Famine and the politics of Ireland during an era which saw so many Irish gone abroad (to America) for survival. Unlike a purely historical accounting, however, the author uses what she's learned of her ancestors (from research) combined with a vivid imagination and knowledge of the Irish landscape to create a story of family and loyalty, and what it means to be Irish (at home and abroad).
Marie
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a warm and personal history / novel by a dear friend of mine and frequently we called her on the phone to ask how to pronounce a certain word, or even what it meant. Next publication would benefit from a glossary of Irish vernacular! It was educational as well an interesting and enjoyable read.
Ann
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book- So much history in this family- this author is one I would love to share a cup of tea with!
Sue
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delightful surprise, full of Irish history, both political and family. Loved reading of the generations, their traditions, the stories of immigration, the role of the church. Feelings of "Six Degrees of Separation" ...
Bev Compertore
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Local author, she'll be attending our book club soon. Hard to stay engrossed in the story...
Elizabeth Osta
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Historical facts told through a family saga worked well to illuminate the Irish story of land struggle and the unending quest for freedom that is still alive today.
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Elizabeth Osta is an author based in Rochester, New York. She has also been a frequent reader for the Writers and Books Genesee Reading Series. In addition to her published books, she also writes essays.

Awards include the Democrat and Chronicle Golden Pen award, the Writers and Books Big Pencil Award, and Honorary Mention for Big Brick Review.