After the Voyage tells a story that is both remarkable and familiar to everyone whose ancestors made their way to and in America. Maggie Qualter and Richard Terrett both sail to America as young adults in 1870, having survived Ireland’s Great Hunger as children. After the death of the young wife he loves passionately, Richard marries Maggie with the help of a deceptive go-between who brews trouble in their marriage that never goes away. They raise three children in the midst of Irish American culture, the Catholic Church, and Richard’s battles for the workingman in the Knights of Labor. Their daughter Mary dreams of being a nun, while Josie seeks the freedom of big-city life in Boston. Neither reckons on the future she will face. Son Tom escapes factory life by joining the Navy, manages to see the world in the midst of two wars, and comes home to marry his sweetheart and start a new life in California.

The Girl from Oto

by Amy Maroney

How far would you go to unveil a 500-year-old secret? American Zari Durrell scores a coveted post-doctorate position in Scotland, researching the life and work of portrait artist Cornelia van der Zee. But when Zari decodes clues hidden in two sixteenth-century portraits attributed to Van der Zee, she unearths the traces of another artist entirely: a mysterious young woman named Mira. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira along the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago in the rugged Pyrenees mountains—and plunges deep into the past. The harrowing tale of Mira herself unfolds as Zari’s quest to uncover the truth intensifies. Born in the Pyrenees during a time wracked by war, plague, and shifting political boundaries, Mira grows up in a convent believing she is an orphan, unaware of the dark secret in her past. When her peaceful existence is shattered, Mira risks everything to learn the truth about her origins—and confront those who would destroy her.

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