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Manhattan to West Cork: Alice's Adventures in Ireland

By Alice Carey


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As a young girl Alice Carey came to realise that ‘home’ can mean different things. Raised in New York by Kerry immigrants in search of a better life, Alice sometimes visited Ireland with her mother, travelling steerage on ocean liners. The radical contrast between 1960s rural Ireland and cosmopolitan Manhattan caused confusion and conflict. Many years later, in a blast of middle-age madness, fashion icon Alice and her husband fell in love with an abandoned Georgian farmhouse in west Cork. As they restored its stables, Alice unearthed disturbing childhood memories played out in wildly divergent homes in New York City, Fire Island and Killarney. This is a bittersweet tale of a girl trapped between two worlds, juxtaposed with a woman struggling to make peace with her past.

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
  • Number of pages: 160
  • ISBN: 9781848892736
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,
There's something very special about Alice Carey.
Entertaining and thought-provoking … a pleasure to read.
Nostalgic, sometimes poignant memoir.
A great read ... Alice started her first diary aged 10; this love of recording may explain her perceptive eye and ear and why the simplicity of her narration draws us in.
Manhattan to West Cork Alice Carey

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