Building history from the rich local folklore of familyan anti-memoir by a leading historian.
Sara Walsh was born in a land of storytellers in 1919, in Ahanagran, in the west of Ireland. She has made her life out of the stories she told her children, from her early years in Ireland to her migration to the United States and her struggle to become an American. Sara's memories, as recaptured in this unusual book by her son, are neither history nor memoir but something larger and brighter than both. Remembering Ahanagran is much more than a fascinating tale of one woman and her family; it is a passionate story that expresses the dignity and excitement of ordinary lives.
Richard White . . . has here turned his lucent style and empathic intelligence to sifting fact from fiction, history from memory . . . an opportunity for every reader to reflect upon what it means to be a citizen of an ever-changing nation of immigrants.