Shannon

Shannon

A Novel

Large Print - 2009
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In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make—to find his family roots along the banks of the River Shannon—will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert had witnessed startling corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. He has been sent to Ireland to secure his silence—permanently. As Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn Ireland roiling in civil war, the nation’s myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, unfurl healingly before him. And the River Shannon gives comfort to the young man who is inspired by the words of his mentor: “Find your soul and you’ll live.”


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Baker & Taylor
In the summer of 1922, a young American priest named Robert Shannon arrives in Ireland, the land of his ancestors, in search of his soul and demoralized by the corruption he encountered in the Boston Archdiocese, and as a civil war rages, Ireland's myths, traditions, and humor take him deep into the country's complicated heart, challenging and changing him forevermore. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make - to find his family roots - will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. Unbeknownst to Robert, a safety net has been spread beneath him: All along the banks of the river that bears his family name, a chain of support has been put into place - to guide him, nurture him, and protect him. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert Shannon witnessed startling and lethal corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. As a consequence, he has also been sent to Ireland to secure his silence - permanently.
At dawn one morning, Robert steps ashore from a freighter in the river's estuary and is thrust headlong into the maelstrom of Irish politics, with the country now roiling from the civil war that followed the 1921 Treaty with Britain. While Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn nation and is pursued by the venom of true evil, Ireland's myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, its humor and wit, unfurl healingly before his feet every step of the way. And the River Shannon, her beauty, her legends, and her lore, give comfort to the young man, who is inspired by the words of his mentor: "Find your soul and you'll live."
Shannon is a timeless and unforgettable account of salvation, belief, duty - and the healing power of discovering one's roots. In these pages, faith, commitment, the benign quirks of Irish myth, and the menace of Irish history all coalesce into an epic narrative of one young American's travels to his family's beginning and through a hopeful nation rushing to the future.

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In the summer of 1922, young American priest Robert Shannon arrives in Ireland in search of his soul and demoralized by the corruption he encountered in the Boston Archdiocese, and finds himself facing the dangers of Ireland's civil war.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400065257
Branch Call Number: FIC Delan
Characteristics: 393 p. : map ; 24 cm

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Jan 27, 2014

Good read but found his other one, "Tipperary", much better. Characters are well-developed.

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