It is easy to forget how unwelcome Irish immigrants were and how the only jobs they were offered were menial. Many who came after 1845 (the potato blight famine) were desperately poor.
It is estimated that as many as 4.5 million Irish arrived in America between 1820 and 1930.The Harrigan and Gavagan families arrived in the 19th century, but the book opens in the with the characters in the 1920's and focuses on Leah Gavagan. Leah, an orphan taken in by her Aunt Theo, doesn't quite fit anywhere and struggles with "the sight" and episodes that make some uncomfortable in her presence.
Between 1820 and 1860, the Irish constituted over one third of all immigrants to the United States. In the 1840s, they comprised nearly half of all immigrants to this nation. Source
The novel then takes a turn to examine Margaret Harrigan and events in the late 19th that have lasting effects in the lives of both Harrigans and Gavagans.
The truths decanted in the histories of the two families are not always welcome and secrets are eventually revealed that have been kept hidden for decades.
A compelling collection of characters and an intriguing saga of families, Decanted Truths depicts individuals who meet all of the changes and difficulties life throws at them. As in real life, some meet these situations with more grace and fortitude than others.
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Literary/Historical Fiction. 2018. Print length: 416 pages.