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TransAtlantic: A Novel
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Colum McCann

Random House


320 pages
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18 May, 2013
TransAtlantic: A Novel
Colum McCann
About the Book


Colum McCann won the National Book Award for LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN, and soon all of us will be spinning with delight when TRANSATLANTIC is published on June 4th. Put your order in now for this terrific new novel that blends fact and fiction so that the boundaries are nearly indeterminable. TRANSATLANTIC begins in 1845 when an American slave lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling before him. In 1919, two brave young airmen emerge from the carnage of World War I to pilot the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. And in 1998, a former United States senator crisscrosses the ocean in search of a lasting Irish peace. Bearing witness to these history-making moments of Frederick Douglass, Jack Alcock and Teddy Brown, and George Mitchell - and braiding the story together into one epic tale - are four generations of women from a matriarchal clan, beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan. In this novel of dark and light, men and women, history and past, fiction and fact, Colum McCann delivers a tour de force that is spectacular.

About the Author

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

Beyond the book

“This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle. Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line.” — Emma Donoghue

“A masterful and profoundly moving novel that employs exquisite language to explore the limits of language and the tricks of memory . . . epic in ambition . . . audacious in format.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A beautiful writer . . . This is what interests McCann: lives made amid and despite violence; the hidden braids of places, times, and people; the way the old days ‘arrive back in the oddest ways.’ ” — Publishers Weekly