Redemption Falls, Paperback Book
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1865. The American Civil War is ending. Eighteen years after the famine ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, the daughter of two of her passengers sets out from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a walk across a devastated America.

Eliza Duane Mooney is searching for her younger brother she has not seen in four years, one of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war.

His fate has been mysterious and will prove extraordinary. It's a walk that will have consequences for many seemingly unconnected survivors: a love-struck cartographer, a haunted Latina poetess, rebel guerrilla Cole McLaurenson, runaway slave Elizabeth Longstreet and the mercurial revolutionary James Con O'Keeffe, who commanded a brigade of Irish immigrants in the Union Army and is now Governor of a western wilderness where nothing is as it seems.


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The book is set in the days following the American civil war and it's main themes are the chaos, hurt and continuing hatreds that civil war creates. Admittedly it isn't the easiest book to get into. The language in the first chapter is as dense and deliberately confusing as anything I've read; and once you're past that the story itself is given depth by letters, interviews and handbills. All of which makes for a book you need to concentrate on. Added to this O'Connor allows for different points of view and so different realisations of the same event which means the plot isn't a straight forward one.But for me that was a real joy. This a novel that makes you think, allows your imagination a part in the process and encourages ambiguity.

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