A Novel

McCann, Colum

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 1400069599
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Sep 07, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written prose and imagery make this book worth reading. The author weaves a compelling story through generations on both sides of the Atlantic.. If you are looking for action, look elsewhere. However this novel is worth the time investment.

Aug 27, 2014
  • lorraine_on_rodney rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In the early chapters, I wasn't sure where the author was heading, but he did bring it all together very nicely and intelligently. He handled his characters with warmth and caring, while acknowledging their flaws.

Not as ambitious or flamboyant as Let the Great World Spin, one of my favorite novels, but still very worth reading.

Jul 16, 2014

Wonderful read

Jun 28, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Pointless rambling.

Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Colum McCann's imagery is beautiful... describing the wind through a room as "interested in the curtains" .... lovely writing!

Jan 31, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Different stories, all with Ireland in the background, foreground and in-between ground, that intertwine to some degree, but which are painted with such immediacy you can almost smell the peat fires burning.

Oct 14, 2013
  • martins_mom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book, both the interwoven stories and the structure. Fans of Kate Atkinson should enjoy it too.

Sep 16, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, but it seems strangely lacking in action, despite the often dramatic subject matter. The author tends to downplay big events in favor of the quieter moods and moments that surround them.

Aug 27, 2013
  • Don27 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved the first half of this book but feel it kind of fizzled out. It was like two (or more) different books. I thought the historical stories of Frederick Douglass, the two fliers and George Mitchell were absolutely wonderful, but thought the switch to the fully fictional family made the book feel disjointed to me.

However, Mr. McCann is a wonderful writer and his sentences are well-constructed and a pleasure to read. I want to read more of his books.

Aug 03, 2013

While it's certainly possible that more astute readers will connect the snapshots described in Colum McCann's TransAtlantic into a cohesive narrative carried by ongoing conflict which would merit calling it a novel, I failed to find it much more than a family album that passes off a fictional genealogy and three remarkable contacts with famous people as a story. From a historical perspective, readers should find interesting the comparisons of Irish poverty to American slavery. While both are despicable, I suspect they are not quite the same condition.

View All Comments


Add a Summary

Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From 1845 to 2012, the connections among a wide-ranging group of families - especially the women, whose lives seem to cross the years and touch each other.


Add a Quote

Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The ceilings were low everywhere but the library, as if to force a man to bend down everywhere except near books."
(P. 77, TransAtlantic by Colum McCann)


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Find it at CLEVNET


Powered by BiblioCommons.
app07 Version nodvandig Last updated 2015/03/03 19:57