William O’Neill received a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an English professor. His previous publications are nearly all on Irish literature. He is retired now, living in the woods of northern Wisconsin with his wife, Jeanette.
(His son Colin published this book for him on Smashwords.)
The Irish famine of the late 1840’s was the worst peacetime disaster in the history of modern Europe. Millions died and millions emigrated to the U.S. This is the story of two men, one historical and one fictional, whose paths cross repeatedly and whose experience illuminates a crucial time in the making of America. "A powerful, poignant debut novel." - Kirkus Reviews