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The latecomers / Helen Klein Ross.

Ross, Helen Klein, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library ROS (Text) 33500012817342 New Available -
Hawley Public Library ROS (Text) 33500012817359 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316476867
  • ISBN: 0316476862
  • Physical Description: ix, 419 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-419).
Summary, etc.: Forced to give up her baby for adoption after the death of her husband in 1908, an Irish teen takes a maid's job at a sprawling New England estate before a mysterious death reveals a five-generation secret.
1908. After her sweetheart dies of fever during the crossing from Ireland, sixteen-year-old Bridey gives up their baby for adoption. She takes a position as maid for the Hollingsworth family, caring for the children as if they were her own. Over the decades, the secrets of Bridey's past haunt the family. In the present day, a connection is made that brings these dark ghost stories into the light. -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
    Ross (What Was Mine, 2016) employs shifting time and perspectives to spin a tale that spans more than 100 years. In 1908, teenager Bridey sets sail from Dublin with her sweetheart, Thom. They plan to marry, but Thom dies of shipboard fever before they reach America, leaving Bridey to make her way alone. Pregnancy forces her to leave her job as a seamstress, and she gives birth in a home for wayward girls. There she meets Sarah Hollingworth, who is engaged in charity work. Sarah convinces Bridey to give up the child and takes her home to Hollingwood, the family home in Connecticut, to do domestic work. A few years later, Sarah adopts Bridey's son, called Vincent. Bridey does all the actual mothering until, when Vincent is still in his teens, they are separated by a suspicious death and a false accusation. It isn't until 2016 that Vincent's daughter uncovers the truth behind the family's secrets. Meticulous tracking of conventions, domestic conveniences, and more will please readers who like to be immersed in a different time. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Helen Klein Ross is the author of two novels: What Was Mine and Making It: A Novel Of Madison Avenue and creator of The Traveler's Vade Mecum, an anthology of new poems titled by old telegrams. Her poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and literary journals. Helen spent decades as a writer/creative director at global ad agencies on both coasts. She graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from The New School. She lives with her husband in New York City and Salisbury, CT.


Subject: Immigrants > Fiction.
Irish > United States > Fiction.
Women household employees > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce.
Genre: Novels.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Novels.

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