by Eamon Loingsigh
“A century following the first and until now last great novel of the Brooklyn waterfront, Ernest Poole’s The Harbor, Eamon Loingsigh offers this gripping tale, soaked in the Irish immigrant dockworker experience and laden with real life legends from a vanished world.” ——James T. Fisher, author of On the Irish Waterfront
“On the surface, Loingsigh’s book mines Brooklyn’s gory and glorious Irish past. But it is also the quintessential read for 21st century Brooklyn.” —Irish Central
“Loingsigh has an urgent story to tell. And he tells it well . . . Loingsigh’s great strength is his unsentimental take on the immigrant experience which—despite the rancor of today’s debate—often acquires a sepia tone when it is discussed in the past tense. EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET should be required reading.” —Brooklyn Rail
In 1916, teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity struggles to survive on his own in Brooklyn, while his family back in Ireland faces reprisals during the violence of the Easter Rising. With taut writing by a master of historical fiction, EXILE relates Liam’s compelling personal story against a background of NYC’s brawling streets, Brooklyn Irish waterfront gangs, an influenza epidemic, the rest of Italian organized crime, and the start of American involvement in World War I. The followup to LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY, Loingsigh continues a story that has been hidden until now.
EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET: A Novel, by Eamon Loingsigh ISBN: 978-1-941110-42-3 Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-941110-43-0 ebook; 360 pages; $15.95 Publication date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
High Praise for EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET
“History often fails to record the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women. But Eamon Loingsigh reminds us that a skilled novelist can bring to life people and places forgotten by history.” —Terry Golway, author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics
“In Exile on Bridge Street, Eamon Loingsigh recreates the forgotten world of Irish immigrant New York with a combination of accuracy and drama found only in the best historical fiction.” —Tyler Anbinder, professor of history, George Washington University; author, Five Points
“A century following the first and until now last great novel of the Brooklyn waterfront, Ernest Poole’s The Harbor, Eamon Loingsigh offers this gripping tale, soaked in the Irish immigrant dockworker experience and laden with real life legends from a vanished world.” —James T. Fisher, author of On the Irish WaterfrontShare This!