Born in a Dublin tenement in the middle of the 20th century, this dead-poor, curious Irish girl escaped to Paris when she was 17 with the help of a nun, a Hollywood actor, and a kind stranger. There she was accepted into the emigre community blacklisted in the McCarthy era. She met James Baldwin and Ring Lardner, Jr.; Ruth Gordon gave her a fur coat. Still restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she fell in love with a radical longshoreman from San Francisco. The memoir Longing for Elsewhere explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burdens of history, and the passion for justice.
What did you love best about Longing for Elsewhere?
The heartfelt, hilarious, heartbreaking life the author recounts
What did you like best about this story?
The author's voice, both in the writing and the narration
Any additional comments?
This is the best book I've ever read on growing up in Ireland, traveling the world, facing hard parts of life and a joy in it all
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