Our Immigrants’ Son

Our Immigrants’ Son is written in Irish Prose according to the author. It tells the life and history of one family and their voyage to America and how they build a life for themselves and future generations. Patrick and Mary set out from County Waterford Ireland to Boston Massachusetts aboard the Sweden packet ship. Once arriving they married and started their lives, Patrick was a mason and Mary kept the home running and bartered her skill with neighbors to help keep them going. From here Patrick and Mary have seven children and this book gives readers a taste of what it was like to grow up in mid 1800’s. It details the work the family members engaged in, the struggles of surviving in a new land, and adapting to everything life threw at them. The poems takes us from 1845 to current day with the Murphy family.

When reading this story, I felt like I was sitting around listening to family elders telling stories. Those times when the family is all together and the oldest generations tell everyone how they all came to be where they are now. The prose has that oral history feel to it, often repeating details over and over at times as you get new information. You can tell John Francis Patrick Murphy is very proud of his family’s accomplishments, of all they went through to build the rich history they now have here in America. They did not just move here and survive, they thrived, built a community and a genuine dedication to the world they immigrated to. They passed those beliefs and morals on to their children and grandchildren and those same values are still being passed on today.

The organization of the book is linier for the most part, as it is written in prose some back tracking and circling of events is to be expected. I love all the photos and news clippings that are included. Everything from ship manifests in handwritten notations to newspaper articles and original and touched up photos of family and places they have been. Murphy states that this is a biography-based historical fiction. So, while some of the events and information are fictional it is based on historical facts, he was able to collect through a variety of sources. Murphy also states that he wants readers to use his story as inspiration to tell their own family history. His book is an example of how to keep the family history and spirt alive and wants others to share in that joy and adventure.

Our Immigrants’ Son will appeal to people that like seeing history in a real, relatable way, that want something different than your typical textbook explanations of things. Even if all the information isn’t historically accurate, there is enough to show you what life was like in the 1800’s for a young immigrant family trying to make a life in the new world.

Pages: 436 | ASIN: B08FXY9CCX

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