BookBrowse Reviews The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Walking People

by Mary Beth Keane

The Walking People
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    May 2009, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2010, 416 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers

Buy This Book

About this Book

Reviews

BookBrowse:


A beautifully old-fashioned novel, The Walking People is a debut of remarkable range and power

The BookBrowse members who read this book for First Impressions say ...
The Walking People had me from the prologue. Beginning in dank tunnels six hundred feet below the streets of New York the story segues back fifty years to the west of Ireland as ancient customs crumble along with abandoned villages in the path of 20th century technology (Gail B).

Mary Beth Keane describes the various unusual settings in such a complete way that I experienced each one as though I was there (Jean N). Like a series of consecutive anecdotes, it seems to live on theme rather than plot; which works well because of the author's gift for character and dialogue (Jinny K). The Walking People speaks to a beautifully descriptive sense of place. Book clubs would do well to choose this book, because through the lives of its various characters, the book covers a variety of topics that could be ...

About the Author
Mary Beth KeaneMary Beth Keane was born in New York City and grew up in Rockland County, New York. She is the oldest of three sisters; her parents are both from the west of Ireland. The town where she grew up has a large Irish immigrant community, and although Greta and Michael's story is in no way autobiographical, it is this community that inspired certain aspects of The Walking People.  Her short fiction has appeared in various newspapers and journals including The Chicago Tribune, The Antioch Review, The Baltimore Review, New York Stories, and The Recorder.  Since graduate school, she has taught at James Madison University and Temple University. She, her husband, and their son now live in Old City, Philadelphia, where she is at work on her second novel.

Members Only

BookBrowse's reviews and "beyond the book" articles are part of the many benefits of membership and, thus, are generally only available to subscribers, including individual members and patrons of libraries that subscribe.

Join Today


Member Login


Library Patrons

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member
and discover your next great read!

Join Today!

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson

"Quirky and appealing characters, an engaging story, and honest dialogue make this a great book!"
- BookBrowse

About the book
Join the discussion!

Award Winners

  • Book Jacket: A Great Reckoning
    A Great Reckoning
    by Louise Penny
    Canadian author Louise Penny is back with her twelfth entry in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache ...
  • Book Jacket: Homegoing
    Homegoing
    by Yaa Gyasi
    It's all very well to challenge people to be the masters of their own destiny, but when you&#...
  • Book Jacket: When Breath Becomes Air
    When Breath Becomes Air
    by Paul Kalanithi
    When Breath Becomes Air is the autobiography of Paul Kalanithi, written in the time period between ...

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Victoria
    by Daisy Goodwin

    Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit." - Amanda Foreman

    Read Member Reviews

Who Said...

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

The Big Holiday Wordplay:
$400+ in Prizes

Enter Now

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.