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Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O'Hara, 2022

Ellen O’Hara was a young immigrant from Ireland at the end of the nineteenth century who, with courage and resilience, made a life for herself in New York while financially supporting those at home. Hereafter is her story, told by Vona Groarke, her descendant, in a beautiful blend of poetry, prose, and history. Vona Groarke builds this story from historical fact, drawing from various archives for evidence of Ellen... Hereafter is both a compelling account of an incredible figure and a reflection on how one woman’s story can speak for more than one life.

Review in the Irish Independent

Read Passage, a poem from Hereafter in the New York Review of Books

Available to purchase via New York University Press here.

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