A Struggle for the Irish American Dream:

Based on my parents’ lives

by Diane Lyne Gasparrini



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/20/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781663233431
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781663233448

About the Book

In the early part of the twentieth century, the Lyne family of Eskadour, County Kerry, encounters several challenges that threaten their survival. Though most of the children in the family are young, they bravely man a farm and battle members of the British forces. Despite overwhelming odds, they overcome their obstacles and optimistically move forward. But when additional difficulties come their way, it is John, the sixth of their twelve children, who remains focused on his dream of living in America to find his fortune. Meanwhile in Cavan, seventeen-year-old Sheila McGovern is also contemplating her future. As she leaves Ireland bound for England, she cannot help but wonder if England is the answer, even though her supportive brother lives nearby. Years later after she finally decides to join her sisters in New York, she encounters John at an Irish dance and they quickly fall in love. As fate steps in, now only time will tell if they can fulfill all their dreams of a brighter future in America. A Struggle for the Irish-American Dream shares an in-depth look at life in Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century as two young people leave everything behind to reach America and all its promises.

About the Author

Diane Lyne Gasparrini was born and raised in New York City, but her parents were born in Ireland and came to New York as young adults. She graduated from The College of Mt. St. Vincent with a BA, Fairleigh Dickinson University with an MA, and the College of New Rochelle with an MS. After many years of teaching high school, she retired and joined the faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas College as an adjunct English Professor. She currently lives in Rockland County with her husband, Joe. In addition to being the proud mother of two grown children, Suzanne and Peter, she is delighted to be the grandmother of three granddaughters, Abby, Bridget and Keira.