Print length: 436 pages
Publisher: Whilom Publishing (14 Aug. 2020)
Page numbers source ISBN: B08FP9P2M7
Genre: Irish Biographies
Focused on faith and woven with Christian, ecumenical, and patriotic themes, Our Immigrants’ Son is an exploration and celebration of family.
The genres of prose poetry and historical fiction very cleverly takes you through the author’s rich Irish American history. It begins in misty Ireland and takes you through generations of the Murphy clan while also teaching you how to write your family story.
The BookViral Review:
Vivid, evocative and moving. It would be a hard heart that remained untouched by Our Immigrants’ Son as John Francis Patrick Murphy entwines the history of a nation with that of an extraordinary family in a truly remarkable biography.
It’s a story of exceptional strength, faith and resilience that spans generations, which tells of the sorrows and joys; hardships and successes of the Murphy clan. Drawing on a treasure trove of Murphy archives and memorabilia contained in “The Box” and which starts with the arrival of Patrick and the soon to be Mary Heffernan Murphy in Boston on June 4th 1850.
“The future needs memories and dreams,” writes Murphy and this is what he gives us. Written with familial warmth, there can be no doubt about the quality of his prose. His ancestors are wonderfully observed and so personal it’s like he has opened a window to their souls. Each one recalled with the greatest care and deliberation and the indisputable exquisiteness and depth of each must not be overlooked.
Our Immigrants’ Son is a story of family. Of joy, curiosity, overcoming prejudices and standing stoic in the face of adversity but central to this is the life of Michael Murphy and it’s in recounting Michael’s life that we are reminded how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. How potent faith can be and how love can kindle the flame of an indomitable spirit.
Powerful and compelling, there should be no doubt that Our Immigrants’ Son is a significant biography and a fine example of the genre. It is recommended without reservation.