“TransAtlantic is a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel spanning the better part of two centuries. Weaving bits of history -- such as Brown and Alcock's first transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass' visit to Ireland while still a runaway slave, and diplomat George Mitchell brokering the peace in Ireland in 1998 -- with fictional players, McCann show us how the magic of the everyday is related to the momentous. Events circle around and family stories overlap as mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons pass their personal history from one generation to the next. This is a novel to be savored.”
— Liza Bernard, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT
About the Author
Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels "Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, "and" Songdogs, " as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of "Esquire"'s "Best & Brightest," and his short film "Everything in This Country Must" was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to "The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, "and" The Paris Review, " he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.