Aside from those who claim Ireland as their original homeland, little is known about the horrendous blight that caused the deaths and terrible suffering on the part of those Irish who farmed crops and livestock for the British Lords who lived in England. They were virtual slaves who lived on potatoes, a few cabbages and turnips. When the Great Famine occurred in the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of families were left to literally starve to death. This is referred to as "The Great Famine". Unable to pay rents to the Landlords, they were left destitute - their meager huts torn down and families cast into certain starvation and death. Into this nightmare enters Ginny, Ray and their four children. Their story evolves slowly but painfully.
In today's time, we experience Majella dealing with depression after the birth of Emma. Her trials and tribulations are further exacerbated when she finds the diary of her maternal ancestor - Ginny. She moves forward slowly to deal with this 'inheritance'.
An excellent story of survival - both past and present
I have to admit I enjoyed "American Dirt" more than this book; nevertheless, this was an emotional and amazing novel.