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The Crooked Branch: A Novel
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Author: Cummins, Jeanine

Brand: Berkley

Color: White

Number Of Pages: 400

Release Date: 05-03-2013

Details: Product Description From the national bestselling author of American Dirt and A Rip in Heaven comes the deeply moving story of two mothers from two very different times.After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny—and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history. With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny’s past—and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself. From Booklist In the midst of the Irish famine, young mother Ginny Doyle is struggling to feed her children. Her husband, Raymond, has left for America, looking to find work. In desperation, Ginny takes a job as a chambermaid at the local manor, leaving her 11-year-old daughter in charge. Ginny hopes the money she earns as well as the food she steals from the house larder will help keep her family alive. In present-day New York, Majella and Leo have just become first-time parents. The usually tough Majella finds herself isolated, exhausted, and unsure of her ability to be a good parent. When she discovers her ancestor Ginny’s diary in the attic, Majella becomes engrossed in the story of Ginny’s life and shocked to discover a murder in her family history. The Crooked Branch is the story of two mothers, worlds and generations apart, and their struggles to parent in difficult times. Wonderfully written, with strong, compelling characters, it is a deeply satisfying combination of sweeping historical saga and modern family drama, a gentle reminder of the ever-reaching influence of family, both near and far. --Carol Gladstein Review Praise for The Crooked Branch “Even before you come to care about Jeanine Cummins’ rich and intricately drawn characters, before you become enmeshed in her skillfully tangled plot lines about the hard and wondrous task of mothering children in times both catastrophic and ordinary...Before any of that, this is what you have to look forward to: the first page, Ms. Cummins’ luminous prose, and that feeling we’re all hoping to find when we sit down to read: ‘This is it—a book I’m going to love.’”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst “Jeanine Cummins knows that there are stories beneath the stories, and she uses this brilliant knowing to weave a tale that is lyrical, emotional and often funny. This extraordinary novel reminds us how motherhood can make us feel as though we are coming undone while also being remade. Majella and Ginny navigate motherhood with a fierce love that propels the story forward with intense strength. Brilliant, vulnerable and intense,  The Crooked Branch pierced my heart and paused my breath.”— New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry “Exploring the effect of a secret from the past on a woman who is truly on the edge—of motherhood, of her future, of sanity, of happiness—Jeanine Cummins has written a story that truly resonates. Insightful, suspenseful, and sometimes bitingly funny, with characters the reader will think about for weeks, this bittersweet novel is emotional and immensely satisfying.”—Award-winning author Simone St. James “Wonderfully written, with strong, compelling characters, it is a deeply satisfying combination of sweeping historical saga and modern family drama, a gentle reminder of the ever-reaching influence of family, both near and far.”— Booklist About the Author Jeanine Cummins is the bestselling, award-winning author of the groundbreaking memoir A Rip in Heaven and the novels  The Outside Boy, The Crooked Bran

EAN: 9780451239242

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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