In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York.
On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.
The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.
"A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it" Daily Mail 20040210
Joseph O'Connor, 1963 in Dublin geboren, studierte in Dublin und Oxford. Seit 2014 ist er Professor für kreatives Schreiben an der University of Limerick. Seine Romane und Erzählbände, für ihren satirischen Humor bekannt, sind regelmässig auf irischen wie britischen Bestsellerlisten zu finden.
"A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it" Daily Mail 20040210 "Stunningly accomplished" Guardian 20040210 "A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough...it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction" Sunday Times 20040210 "A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrative" Daily Telegraph 20040210 "This is Joseph O'Connor's best book. It is shocking, hilarious, beautifully written, and very, very clever" -- Roddy Doyle