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The Edge of Lost de Kristina Mcmorris
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The Edge of Lost (edició 2015)

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On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter--one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island--has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome. Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world. Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell--and believe--in order to survive.… (més)
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Títol:The Edge of Lost
Autors:Kristina Mcmorris (Autor)
Informació:Kensington (2015), 352 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:historical-fiction, favorite-read

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starts on Alcatraz, a child is missing and an all out search ensues. We are then taken back a few decades to Ireland, where we meet a boy named Shan. A character that quickly wormed his way into my heart and never left. We then travel to New York where we meet a wonderful Italian family named the Capelos. I grew up and was embraced by my next door Italian family, a warm, wonderful family full of loudness, fun and food. This family reminded me so much of that one. In New York we experience the end of the variety show, the beginning popularity of burlesque, horse racing, Prohibition and the rise of the mobster and his hidden drinking clubs along with the graft and bribery that went alongside. Fate will play a big part in Shan's life and then loyalty and a debt owed. ( )
  puttsplace | Oct 10, 2021 |
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

I've gushed about this to so many, I'm not even sure where to start. This is a story about fate and re-inventing oneself, of family and loyalty, spanning several decades. The story opens on Alcatraz Island as searchlights sweep the area. One of the prison guard's daughters is missing and an inmate hides in the greenhouse. We don't know why Tommy Capello is hiding, or where the little girl is...and then the story jumps back 20 years or so to Dublin, Ireland, where a young Shan Keegan lives with his uncle and makes money trying out his beloved vaudeville material in the local pubs. He dreams of a bigger life and of someday finding his father in America, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New York.

However, tragedy strikes during the crossing, and as he lands in New York, he has to reinvent himself. His story takes us through the end of vaudeville and the beginning of burlesque, Prohibition and the rise of the drinking clubs and the mobs that ran them. The writing is rich, the settings vividly portrayed. McMorris has researched the period, and historical fiction fans will love this book. With the included reading guide, it's an excellent pick for book clubs, too. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Alcatraz, Prohibition, organized crime, vaudeville, making it in America, and redemption. If any of those things intrigue you, you'll want to read Kristina McMorris' novel The Edge of Lost, which weaves all of these together into a surprising and enjoyable read.

Opening in 1937 on Alcatraz where the young daughter of a prison guard has gone missing and one prisoner readies for his escape, the novel then jumps back in time to Ireland in 1919. Twelve year old Shanley Keagan's parents have died, leaving him in the care of his unpleasant, ill, and alcoholic uncle Will in their small Irish town. Shan has a beautiful voice and he dreams of going to America, making it as a singer, and finding the American sailor, biological father he's never known. But when his wish to emigrate comes true, things go worse than he could have imagined with his uncle dying on the ship, leaving Shan without a guardian until an Italian family returning to the US claims him as their child in order to get him into the country. This act of kindness, the first in a string of kindnesses by the Capella family, will, with some betrayals, shape Shan's entire life in America.

Shan is a charming character and readers will be engaged by him almost immediately. He appreciates his small moments of good fortune and is a loyal and sweet kid who grows into an equally loyal and likeable adult. It is entirely believable that his performing in NY supper clubs and on vaudeville would bring him into the orbit of the murky underworld of Prohibition. And it is his deep loyalty to his adopted family, combined with this less than savory connection, that drives the novel's action. McMorris has seamlessly created the immigrant's America of the early twentieth century. Her Shan just wants to belong, to the Capella family and to the community; he just wants to be loved. The end of the novel had a very different tone than the previous three quarters and the resolution was an easy coincidence. Life rarely ties up so neat and tidily but, in fairness, it is what the reader wanted all along. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this, as will readers who like novels that ask and answer what it means to be a family. ( )
  whitreidtan | Dec 9, 2020 |
Shanley Keagan is a young Irish boy living with his uncle. They are homeless and Shan's dream is to be a vaudevillian. He's great at impressions, magic, singing and dancing. His wants to move to America to find his father and finally gets the chance. He ends up being taken in by an Italian family who treat him like one of their own. From there, life seems to be going great until his "brother" Nick gets mad at him and Shan takes off. He comes to Nick's rescue and finds himself in trouble and headed to prison and then eventually ends up in Alcatraz.

This story had a great ending and kept my attention the whole time. I'm not usually one to read a story that is set back in time, but this one was really good. It was interesting to read some of the stories that the author used to create this book. It was very easy to believe and turned out wonderfully! ( )
  vickimarie2002 | Feb 19, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Spanning nearly twenty years, The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris is a captivating story of friendship, second chances and redemption. This well researched and intriguing novel follows Shanley "Shan" Keagan as he immigrates from Ireland to New York where he is unofficially adopted by an Italian-American family.

Orphaned at a young age, Shan is a gifted entertainer who travels to New York with hopes of finding his biological father. Calling in a favor with Nick, the young man he helped rescue from a tricky situation during the voyage, Shan is grateful to his adopted family for helping give him a fresh start in America. Shan remains loyal to his new family and while he manages to stay out of trouble, Nick is rebellious and begins working for gangster Max Trevino. Following a terrible misunderstanding with Nick, Shan strikes out on his own where he eventually achieves a modicum of success with his vaudeville act. Years later, Shan unwittingly gets involved in a crime while trying to save Nick and eventually winds up incarcerated at the infamous Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco.

Shan is a wonderful protagonist who makes the best of the opportunities afforded to him. He is hardworking, smart and loyal but he still manages to find himself in situations not of his own making. Not wanting to disappoint his adopted parents or end like up his dissolute and abusive uncle, Shan is determined to make an honest living and he keeps his distance from Nick's illegal activities. When he feels he must leave his adopted family behind, he uses his skills as an entertainer to make a living traveling with other vaudeville and burlesque performers. Despite going out of his way to keep out of trouble, his well-intentioned effort to save Nick backfires and he is convicted of armed robbery. Following altercations with another inmate, Shan transferred to Alcatraz where he stays out of trouble with hopes that his good behavior will help get him released from prison early.

The Edge of Lost is an engaging novel that paints a vivid portrait of life as an immigrant during the Roaring Twenties. Kristina McMorris touches on the rise of illegal activity in the wake of Prohibition and the difficulties of trying to run an honest business in the midst of strong arm tactics by gangsters. The meticulous attention to detail brings the time period, characters and various settings vibrantly to life. Unexpected twists and turns bring the novel to a dramatic and highly satisfying conclusion. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
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On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter--one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island--has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome. Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world. Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell--and believe--in order to survive.

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