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In the Country of the Young af Lisa Carey
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In the Country of the Young (original 2000; udgave 2009)

af Lisa Carey (Forfatter)

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On a stormy November night in 1848, a ship carrying more than a hundred Irish emigrants ran aground twenty miles off the coast of Maine. Many were saved, but some were not -- including a young girl who died crying out the name of her brother. In the present day, the artist Oisin MacDara lives in self-imposed exile on Tiranogue -- the small island where the shipwrecked Irish settled. The past is Oisin's curse, as memories of the twin sister who died tragically when he was a boy haunt him still. Then on a quiet All Hallows' Eve, a restless spirit is beckoned into his home by a candle flickering in the window: the ghost of the girl whose brief life ended on Tiranogue's shore more than a century earlier. In Oisin's house she seeks comfort and warmth, and a chance at the life that was denied her so long ago. For a lonely man chained by painful memories, nothing will ever be the same again.… (mere)
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Titel:In the Country of the Young
Forfattere:Lisa Carey (Forfatter)
Info:HarperCollins e-books (2009), 307 pages
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On a stormy November night in 1848, a ship carrying more than a hundred Irish emigrants ran aground twenty miles off the coast of Maine. Many were saved, but some were not -- including a young girl who died crying out the name of her brother. In the present day, the artist Oisin MacDara lives in self-imposed exile on Tiranogue -- the small island where the shipwrecked Irish settled. The past is Oisin's curse, as memories of the twin sister who died tragically when he was a boy haunt him still. Then on a quiet All Hallows' Eve, a restless spirit is beckoned into his home by a candle flickering in the window: the ghost of the girl whose brief life ended on Tiranogue's shore more than a century earlier. In Oisin's house she seeks comfort and warmth, and a chance at the life that was denied her so long ago. For a lonely man chained by painful memories, nothing will ever be the same again.
  Cultural_Attache | Aug 4, 2018 |
I really was enthralled by this story although it took me a while to sort out what was happening and who was who. It's the story, based on legends of Irish ghosts, of two sets of siblings. One set was twins, a boy Oisin and his sister Nieve, children of Irish immigrants living in Maine. The other was a seven-year-old girl Aisling and her older brother Darragh, who came to America on a boat during the great famine in Ireland. With each set of siblings, one died, bringing great pain to the survivor. The adventures and interaction of these sets of siblings begin when seven-year-old Aisling becomes a ghost but appears in real life to Oisin, an adult artist.

This is quite an involved novel, but I really enjoyed the process of trying to figure out what was happening. I became a bit squeamish with the stories of sexual attraction of individuals of vastly different ages. That wasn't really the point of this book, though, as you shall see as the story progresses.

The plotting for this book was amazing. I pretty much could keep up with it which was good as I needed to know what the relationships of all the characters were to each other.

I'm not usually interested in reading about Ireland or Irish immigrants, but this is already the second book I've read by Lisa Carey, and I'm seriously ready to try more. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 27, 2017 |
One of my favorite things in the world is picking up a book knowing nothing about it, and becoming completely absorbed and blown away when I read it. This one latched on almost immediately. I went through about every emotion I had reading this book, as well as slightly confused. This was brilliant. I've never read anything like it, and unfortunately, I almost definitely never will. ( )
  mlmarks98 | May 13, 2017 |
This is a ghost story. And a romance, and the story of a family, and another family, and the way the outcasts of both find each other. Oisin is a man who, as a child, saw ghosts, but stopped seeing them right when there was one in particular he needed to see. Oisin is a boy who grows up to take in a new ghost, not the ghost of the child he longs to see but a different ghost who wants a second chance. The whole story is steeped in Irish folklore (e.g., banshees) and tinged with history (the ghost's personal history is centered on the potato blight of 1845-47), but both are just far enough back to ground the story without bogging it down.

No obvious flaws to this book, but still not a five-star book. Reasonably light (and, whoo boy, at times steamy) but not fluffy. This is one of Carey's earlier novels, and by comparison it shows, but this is a strong offering on its own. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
Ghosts with unfinished business. Love story. Flashbacks. Ireland. What's not to like? ( )
  eejjennings | Dec 28, 2010 |
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On a stormy November night in 1848, a ship carrying more than a hundred Irish emigrants ran aground twenty miles off the coast of Maine. Many were saved, but some were not -- including a young girl who died crying out the name of her brother. In the present day, the artist Oisin MacDara lives in self-imposed exile on Tiranogue -- the small island where the shipwrecked Irish settled. The past is Oisin's curse, as memories of the twin sister who died tragically when he was a boy haunt him still. Then on a quiet All Hallows' Eve, a restless spirit is beckoned into his home by a candle flickering in the window: the ghost of the girl whose brief life ended on Tiranogue's shore more than a century earlier. In Oisin's house she seeks comfort and warmth, and a chance at the life that was denied her so long ago. For a lonely man chained by painful memories, nothing will ever be the same again.

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