Have you ever read a book you loved so much that it left you with a golden glow? TransAtlantic by Colum McCann is one of those books. This is one I could not wait to read after reading McCann’s earlier book, Let the Great World Spin, which I loved as well.
This story is similar to the earlier book in the way that it establishes hidden connections between people seemingly worlds apart. In this book, the connected worlds are America and Ireland. The profoundly moving story touches on the lives of two men named John Alcock and Arthur Brown who flew non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean after World War I, Frederick Douglas, and Senator George Mitchell. The lives of these famous men are reflected in the stories and lives of the women of one family and their ancestors whose lives by fate are changed because of the famous men and their actions.
The writing is superb and meaningful, the stories unforgettable. This novel is filled with wisdom and thoughts for pondering long after the pages have been read. I love McCann’s work!!! It is a masterful work of art.