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Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories

Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories
Author: Richard White - William Cronon
ISBN 13: 9780295983554
ISBN 10: 295983558
Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $23.00

Building history from the rich local folklore of family—an 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.

The Washington Post Book World - Geoffrey C. Ward

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.