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The Next Ship Home: A Novel of Ellis Island

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Ellis Island, 1902: Two women band together to hold America to its promise: "Give me your tired, your poor..."

Ellis Island, 1902. Francesca arrives on the shores of America, her sights set on a better life than the one she left in Italy. That same day, aspiring linguist Alma reports to her first day of work at the immigrant processing center. Ellis, though, is not the refu
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Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: February 8th 2022 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Kris Waldherr
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a manuscript and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think this may be Heather's most emotionally compelling book! More to come closer to publication. ...more
Susan
Ellis Island has a fascinating history, so I was immediately interested in reading THE NEXT SHIP HOME, a historical novel set at the iconic site. Although I've always thought of Ellis Island in positive terms—as a place that offered freedom, hope, and new beginnings to poor, weary immigrants—this novel focuses on its dark side, which included racism, prejudice, bribery, sexual misconduct, exploitation, cruelty, and more. As you can imagine, this makes for a story that is often sad and heartbreak ...more
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Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a story of Alma, her brother Fritz, and a young immigrant woman named Francesca Ricci.

Francesca and her sister, fleeing an abusive father in Sicily, land on Ellis Island in 1902 hoping to enter America, the land of their dreams. Her sister, Maria, who has been sick throughout the voyage, soon succumbs to the illness, leaving Francesca alone and speaking little English.

The same day, Alma starts a new job at Ellis Island as a Matron, helping the immigrants in the Grand Hall. Alma senses
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Heather Webb is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of historical fiction. In 2017, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS won the Women's Fiction Writers Association award, and in 2019, MEET ME IN MONACO was shortlisted for both the RNA award in the UK and also the Digital Book World Fiction prize.

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