'Midlife Irish: Discovering My Family & Myself'
By: Frank Gannon
(Paperback / 256 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446526789 / $23.95)
Description:For Frank Gannon, being Irish-American has nothing to do with Lucky Charms, Irish Spring, leprechauns, and "the wretched thing that has been made of St. Patrick's Day." It means returning to the land where his deceased parents were born in search of his own Irish identity. Soon, he will discover much about his mother and father, and even more about himself.
Verdict: Many of us long to understand who we are, and where we come from. As a nation of immigrants, we struggle to appreciate the sacrifices made by those who made the journey to these shores, to understand what motivated them and what their life was like before they emigrated. I'm Irish, born and raised, but have lived in the U.S. for almost a decade so my perspective on this "journey" undertaken by the author in search of his parents roots is something I can easily relate to. I was initially disappointed with the earlier chapters in the book - they seemed to lack direction, were repetitious, and cried out for editorial direction but by the end of the book, I had realized that these are stylistic mannerisms of the author. The journey is less important than what the author learns along the way. Glimpses into Irish life are realistic, although tinged with sadness in places. Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed By Sean Mahon