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The Walking People

by Mary Beth Keane

The Walking People
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    May 2009, 416 pages
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    May 2010, 416 pages

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

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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 ...

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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.

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