Synopses & Reviews
From ancient times until 1953, when dramatic events forced them to evacuate, the people of the remote Blasket Islands off the southwest coast of Ireland led a medieval way of life, speaking a pure form of Irish and gathering by turf fires to hear tales handed down from ancient times. Cole Moreton tells the story of the Blaskets through the eyes of the Kearney family, who lived there for generations until 1947 when they paid a terrible price for their isolation-a young man's life. Moreton discovers a few survivors still alive within sight of the Great Blasket, but most had left Ireland for America, settling in Massachusetts.
Hungry for Home is a beautifully written and gripping account of a quest for a vanished people, and the Kearneys' incredible journey into the twentieth century is "a moving, atmospheric testament to the mythic lure of home." (Entertainment Weekly).