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The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens
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Mar 24, 2012

really liked it

I truly enjoyed this book. I was very concerned about Fergus' relationship with Molly but it all works out in the end. The characters were life-like and the drama of living in extreme poverty comes through loud and clear. The immigrants who came across the Atlantic on these cargo ships truly suffered. I never really thought about what my ancestors had gone through to get here, my great-grandparents and my grandparents too. I never realized how difficult their lives had been before the potato famine, after and then trying to get to America. I love how the author includes all the dreams the Irish thought they would realize once they arrived in America. Everyone really believes they will be given a farm upon arrival in the United States. I have a new appreciation for how hard it must have been for these poor people to leave everything they knew and understood to come over to America and start all over again.This was a most pleasant way to learn a bit of history.

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