Synopses & Reviews
Ciara O'Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in Greenwich Village 1960; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who's come to present-day Manhattan on his wife's anniversary-present promise to reveal the connection between him and them. The mystery originates with Ciara's runaway husband, who disappeared after promising to join her in America, and carries into midcentury when Johnny, devastated by an unexpected romance and a lost shot at musical fame, gets a supernatural visitor
"Three intertwined stories in 1870, 1960, and 2010 embrace the U.S. past when three great waves of Irish migrants swelled the American population, as well as its evolving face through the 20th and early 21st centuries. Irish hopeful Ciara O'Dwyer relocates to New York's notorious slums to await a husband who never arrives; decades later the mystery of what happened to Fintan O'Dwyer remains unsolved until a specter from the past points the way to a resolution. We also meet 1960's Johnnie McCormack, a roughshod would-be actor who comes to terms with his sexual orientation; and 2010's euro millionaire Lewis Healy. Despite laws like the Emergency Quota Act and the xenophobic attitudes that drove them, America remains a magnet for hopeful immigrants; Gone to Amerikay focuses on the once-despised Irish, previously seen as barbaric outsiders but now assimilated into the American mainstream. Beautifully illustrated by Doran and Villarrubia, the richly detailed narrative is sometimes undermined by a tepid ghost story and occasional reliance on broad stereotype, but provides some colorful historical yarn spinning." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Gone to Amerikay is a wonderful story, lushly illustrated, full of music and passion, twists and turns, beautifully evoking the Irish immigrant experience in three different times and sewing them all together brilliantly at the end. A real treat, for those who love New York history, or just a great story." — Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley, Dreamland, Luna Park
About the Author
Derek McCulloch, neither Irish nor American, nonetheless grew up listening to Irish music and reading comic books about New York City, little dreaming these unrelated interests would one day form the basis for a book. His first graphic novel, Stagger Lee, was published to some acclaim in 2006 and was nominated for an Eisner Award. His second graphic novel, Pug, was published in 2010. He is currently adapting the works of Damon Runyon for both comics and stage.
Colleen Doran's Irish antecedents named her Colleen, the Irish word for "girl," so there would be no confusion. Colleen Doran is American, therefore her ancestors are from many places. Colleen has written and/or drawn lots of comics and graphic novels like Mangaman, Sandman, A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman and Captain America. She has won a lot of nice prizes, and lectured in a lot of nice places. She also speaks as a creator rights advocate.