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A boy's life from Ireland to Alcatraz "makes for compulsive reading" in this New York Times bestselling historical novel by the author of Sold on a Monday (Publishers Weekly). Alcatraz, 1937. A prison...
A boy's life from Ireland to Alcatraz "makes for compulsive reading" in this New York Times bestselling historical novel by the author of Sold on a Monday (Publishers Weekly). Alcatraz, 1937. A prison...
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  • A boy's life from Ireland to Alcatraz "makes for compulsive reading" in this New York Times bestselling historical novel by the author of Sold on a Monday (Publishers Weekly).

    Alcatraz, 1937. A prison guard's only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on what happens next.
    Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of finding his real father in America. But when he finally crosses the Atlantic, tragedy strikes, and Shan must forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
    Skillfully weaving these two stories, acclaimed author Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell—and believe—in order to survive.

    "Will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end."Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

About the Author-

  • Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her background includes ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate as well as extensive television experience. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels have garnered twenty national literary awards and include Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, The Edge of Lost, and Sold on a Monday, in addition to novellas in the anthologies A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central. A frequent guest speaker and workshop presenter, she holds a BS in international marketing from Pepperdine. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon. For more, visit KristinaMcmorris.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 11, 2016
    McMorris (The Pieces We Keep) subverts the rags-to-riches immigrant story in this breezy tale set between Ireland and Alcatraz. In the preface, we meet inmate 257 of Alcatraz before the story opens years earlier in Ireland when young Shanley Keagan, orphaned and scraping by with his drunken uncle, discovers he has an American father. They set off to find him, but Shan's uncle dies in transit, leaving Shan to fend for himself. Fortunately, the Capellos, an Italian family on the ship, take an interest, although the tradeoff is that Shan must give up his name and become a Capello. The story makes for compulsive reading as it jumps between Shan's youth and young adulthood, touching on such diverse underworlds as the Black Hand mafia, which Shan becomes entangled with when he joins the Capellos, and the Vaudeville life, which he aspires to join as a performer and comic. There is a lot to cover however, and at times Shan's character as presented to the reader – sensitive, loyal, and passive– contrasts rather unconvincingly with how others characters perceive him – tough and ruthless, but this is still an intricate and intriguing entry into the American immigrant canon.

  • RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars "[A] gripping immigrant saga.it is also a portrait of America during a turbulent time and a quest that ends in triumph. Readers will be caught up in this well-told story."
  • VOYA Magazine "Beautifully written with mesmerizing details, this is one of those books that sticks with a reader. extensively researched and the historical images are incredibly accurate. an absolute must-have."
  • The Daily Herald "McMorris manages to pack this book with all the messiness and nuances of a life. Her vivid descriptions and use of language make you feel like the fly on the wall...I heartily recommend embarking on this journey."
  • Fresh Fiction

    PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KRISTINA McMORRIS
    "Grabs readers from the very start and doesn't let up until the dynamic conclusion. The Edge of Lost is another work of genius by the talented Kristina McMorris."
  • Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt "The past collides with the present in this sensitive and multilayered story where the discovery of long-held family secrets leads to healing. The contemporary twist will be a treat for fans of World War II historical fiction."
  • Kirkus Reviews

    Bridge Of Scarlet Leaves
    "McMorris' strong pacing keeps the two stories zipping along and all its many strings connected for a gratifying conclusion."
  • Karen White "Impeccably researched and beautifully written."
  • Jenna Blum

    Letters From Home
    "Readers of World War II fiction will devour Kristina McMorris's Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, a poignant, authentic story of Japanese and American lovers crossed not only by the stars but by the vagaries of war and their own country's prejudices."
  • Kristin Hannah "An absolutely lovely debut novel filled with endearing characters and lively descriptions. Fans of World War II romantic fiction will definitely enjoy this fast-paced story."

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