The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel Of The Titanic

Paperback | April 1, 2014

byHazel Gaynor

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Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

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Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small v...

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A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .Ireland, 1912 . . .Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart re...

Hazel Gaynor's 2014 debut novelThe Girl Who Came Home—A Novel of the Titanicwas aNew York TimesandUSA Todaybestseller.A Memory of Violetsis her second novel.Hazel writes a popular guest blog 'Carry on Writing' for national Irish writing website writing.ie and contributes regular feature articles for the site, interviewing authors such ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Came Home I have long since been fascinated by the Titanic and it's ill-fated maiden voyage and I never tire her haunting stories. It was interesting to learn that this novel was inspired by a group of 14 people from small town Addergoole Ireland who set sail on the RMS Titanic for a better life in America. I was very fascinated with this story and did further research on this remarkable group of people to learn more I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie's story and thought it was beautifully written. There is something about an old woman telling a story of her youth to her granddaughter that is just so beautiful and moving. It wasn't a literally masterpiece by any means but it was charming and very touching. Defiantly recommend this to Titanic lovers everywhere.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great telling of a familiar story Maggie Murphy along with 13 friends and neighbours left their homes in Ballysheen, Ireland to start a new and hopefully better life in America. They were sailing on the Titanic. Everyone is familiar with the history of the ship (so no spoiler alert necessary), when the ship went down only two of the fourteen survived. Maggie Murphy was one of the survivors. After the initial interviews by newspapers and the White Star Line investigators in the first week after the tragedy, Maggie never spoke to anyone about her ordeal, not even family members. As Maggie approaches her 90th birthday she feels it’s time for her story to be told. Her granddaughter, Grace needs a story for her journalism class and, with Maggie’s blessings, uses her memories of Titanic. With so many stories written about the Titanic I was quite surprised at the freshness of this telling. Based (very loosely) on the lives (and deaths) of fourteen Irish immigrants traveling on the Titanic. Maggie’s story is told through reminiscences, a journal she kept and a long-lost bundle of letters. Although the ending contains a little twist I must admit I did see it coming. All in all this was a well told story set against the backdrop of the ocean disaster. Ms. Gaynor did a marvelous job when it came to describing the final hours of the sinking. Without being overly graphic, she had me holding my breath while I was reading, feeling every emotion Maggie experienced. That certainly bumped the rating up one star for me. Not belonging to a book group I don’t always read the “Reading Group Discussion Questions” sometimes provided at the end of books, but in this case I did and the last two questions posed struck me as being very insightful. Question 15 asked “There have been many other shipping tragedies since Titanic. Cunard’s passenger liner RMS Lusitania (traveling from New York to Liverpool) sand off the coast of Ireland in 1915 when the liner was truck by a torpedo fired from a German submarine. There were 1,198 civilian fatalities in the event. In the light of man tragedies with great loss of life since 1912, why do you think people continue to be so fascinated by Titanic a hundred years later? Question 16 asked “Australian businessman Clive Palmer is starting construction on a replica of Titanic – Titanic II – which is scheduled to re-create Titanic’s maiden voyage in 2016. There have been very mixed reactions to this project among relatives and descendants of Titanic’s passengers and Titanic enthusiasts. What are your thoughts on it? That gave me something to think about!
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing!! MY REVIEW: HarperCollins|March 24, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-231686-8 A smash self-published hit inspired by true events, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic - a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and it's lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old, Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Seamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again. Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction - and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago. I just couldn't put this book down. It was mesmerizing to say the least. Although a lot of stories have been written about the Titanic, this was an exception with a great storyline. I'll be recommending this one for sure.
Date published: 2014-06-16

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“The Girl Who Came Home follows on the centenary remembrance of the Titanic in 2012. Is the world ready for yet another account of this tragedy? With this novel, the answer is a resounding yes“