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Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 25 to February 01, 2012

An interesting read. I picked it up for research sake and because I loved the cover. Nicely told first-person account that starts in Ireland and then segues to the streets of NYC. The oddest thing is that this Irish immigrant who is telling the story spends all of three hours on Ellis Island. Makes me wonder why this title was chosen. I don't think the character stopped long enough on Ellis to need to powder her nose. That said, this was a good period piece about how we decide what is worth living for and living without. I bonded with the character, and felt the tension she was up against - choosing between love/poverty and temporary comforts/wealth.

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