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From the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The
Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the
story of the twentieth century in America.
Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere''s life
over seventeen days, On Canaan''s Side opens as she mourns
the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back
to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the
First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled
with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly''s
story unfolds as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and
troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched.
Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World
War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a
woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion,
even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.