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The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.) (edição: 2014)

de Hazel Gaynor (Autor)

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Ireland, 1912, Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again. Chicago, 1982, Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction, and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.… (mais)
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Título:The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.)
Autores:Hazel Gaynor (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2014), Edition: First Edition, 362 pages
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Maggie Murphy reluctantly leaves behind her home in Ireland, and the boy she loves, at her aunt’s behest to start a new life in America. Along with a group of 12 other travelers from their small town, they embark on the magnificent Titanic, optimistic about the possibilities of new beginnings, unaware that most of them will instead meet their tragic end halfway across the Atlantic.

Seventy years later, after refusing to talk about the traumatic events for so long, Maggie finally decides to open up about her experience with her great-granddaughter, Grace. The story provides some timely perspective and inspiration for Grace, and long-awaited closure for Maggie, as well as a few happy reunions.

Based on the real story of the Addergoole 14, who traveled together in the steerage class of the Titanic, and of whom only 3 survived. Although the novel focuses on the perspectives of Maggie and Grace, it also includes POVs from other characters on the ship as well as those awaiting the arrival of their loved ones in New York. It’s a sad story, but also surprisingly uplifting in the end! ( )
  vvbooklady | May 5, 2021 |
The Girl Who Came Home is loosely based on the story of the Addergoole 14.....14 poor Irish from a single village in County Mayo who boarded the Titanic in 1912 to head to a new life in America. They were filled with dreams, hopes and expectations. Sadly, only 3 would survive the sinking of the gigantic ship in the cold, dark Atlantic Ocean. The names of the 14 passengers, their life stories, the name of the Irish village and some other facts are changed in the Girl Who Came Home...but the story is obviously built on the true tale of 14 immigrants whose dreams were cut short by an iceberg.

The story jumps back and forth in time from 1912 to 1982. In 1912, Maggie Murphy is 17 years old. Her mother has just died, and her aunt Kathleen travels from America to bring young Maggie home with her. She doesn't want to leave her love, Seamus, but she is drawn to the promise of a life in America and feels a duty to obey her aunt. She hopes Seamus will travel to America later to be with her. She misses him terribly while on board Titanic. The ship is massive and filled with more luxuries than the 14 hopeful Irish villagers have seen in their lives. They laugh, dance and joke about all the rich food...happy and delighted. Then late one night there is a slight bump and the engines go still. The night of horror has begun. In 1982, an 87-year old Maggie tells the story of that night to her great-granddaughter Grace. Grace needs to write a feature story for a Chicago newspaper and her great-grandmother decides it's time to tell someone her story. She has refused to talk about Titanic for decades, still feeling guilt that she survived and so many others died. In the attic there is a small suitcase that she carried with her the night of the sinking. She shares its contents with Grace, and the story about her memories of her life in Ireland, the voyage on Titanic and the aftermath of the sinking.

The Girl Who Came Home is a lovely and sad story. It's well-written and emotional. I listened to the audiobook version....and I think hearing it read in a lovely Irish accent added more depth to the story for me. The audiobook is narrated by Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr. They both read at a nice, even pace and are easily understandable. I have hearing loss, but was easily able to enjoy this audiobook with no problems. I normally don't like books that jump back and forth in time as it gets tedious and often confused, but Gaynor pulls it off. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Beautiful, haunting and just lovely -- a great book! I will definitely be reading more by this author.

I can't truly imagine what it must have been like for those on board the Titanic. For those in the lifeboats, hearing more than 1000 people screaming and dying in the cold water must have been heartbreaking. And for those in the water, it must have been horrific. Hazel Gaynor does a great job of depicting the joys of the lavish ship, the differences between steerage and the first class accomodations, the huge range of passengers aboard, the absolute horror of the sinking, and the depths of despair and loss felt afterwards. I think the most memorable part for me is towards the end....hundreds of family members waiting at the dock in New York in the pouring rain for hours. The Carpathia was due to dock, and it was carrying survivors.Some are happily reunited and others learn the final sad truth about the death of their loved ones. Very emotional scene.

Gaynor is the author of several books including The Cottingley Secret and The Girl from the Savoy.





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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
The Girl Who Came Home is the fictionalized story of fourteen Irish immigrants who sail to America aboard the Titanic. The story takes us back to that rural Irish village in April 1912 when seventeen year old Maggie Murphy is preparing to sail on the Titanic, along with her aunt Kathleen and two of her best friends, Peggy and Katie. The book alternates between two time periods, the second where we meet 87 year old Maggie's great granddaughter, a journalism student and the one person Maggie has chosen to tell her tragic story.

This is an interesting story that blends fact and fiction. I enjoyed reading the historical version of the sinking of the Titanic alternating with the modern day story. I thought the author had a wonderful attention to detail, especially because young Maggie was traveling in steerage. I always think most of the books about this subject concentrate on the wealthy passenger and we really know so little about the common passengers.

The story was engaging and while we know Maggie makes it to shore alive, we are interested to see who else does too. Quite a bit of it was more emotional that I expected, especially the part where we hear about so many babies, children and pets who don't make it. Again, the author does a great job of making the characters real and relatable. If you enjoy books about the Titanic you will probably enjoy this book, which gives a slightly different perspective to the usual story of the wealthy and privileged.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
This sweet book about love and overcoming grief was centered around the sinking of the Titanic. I liked Maggie, and I liked the part she played in her great granddaughter's life. I appreciated the way this book showed not only those who were sailing on Titanic but also those who were left at home and those who were waiting in America. I also thought it was cool to see the ship through the point of view of those in steerage but for them also to get a peek at first class for comparison. ( )
  ang709 | Jun 9, 2020 |
Anything "Titanic" is interesting to me. This novel, based on real events - 14 people traveling to America from a village in Ireland - covering before, during and after Titanic sinks was an easy read. Knowing what was coming, it kept me turning the pages- wtih a few surprises along the way. I did have a hard time NOT seeing Leo and Rose, but they were probably in there somewhere.
All in all... I enjoyed it- and now will spend some time on the website mentioned at the end of the book. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Never since the dawn of history was such disaster known
Fifteen hundred human bodies on the waste of waters thrown
Ah! The loss of the Titanic is deplored in every clime,
And the story sad recorded even to the end of time.
--From a poem by Mitchell O'Grady,
Connaught Telegraph, May 25, 1912
As the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
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This book is dedicated to the memory of the Addergoole Fourteen and all those who lost their lives on Titanic on April 15, 1912
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Ireland, 1912, Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again. Chicago, 1982, Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction, and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

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