Thursday, June 20, 2013


Intimate. When I finished the last page of Colum McCann’s novel, Transatlantic, the first question I asked myself was “how did he do that?” While presenting a sweeping and complicated story across time, he was able to make the novel seem intimate. McCann’s prose soars with perfect word selection, precise descriptive language and compelling creativity. He includes characters that many readers know including Frederick Douglas and George Mitchell, and draws readers into the kind of details that present these great lives as intimate ones. All the plot lines in the novel connect Ireland and the United States, and McCann does that in creative and interesting ways. Any reader who appreciates fine writing should consider reading this novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Transatlantic from

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