Moments of Glad Grace by Alison Wearing (129)

I enjoyed this review, especially since I read ‘House of Eire’ about a week ago. Following up with a memoir sounds like a great idea. Great time for a book about finding roots from Ireland. Thank you Irene for your review, and I am looking forward to your book ‘Fearless Freelance Writers’. I agree there are so many great Canadian authors to read.

Irene Roth's Canadian Book Review Blog

This is a wonderful memoir that took my breathe away. The title struck me when I saw it among the new books at my local library.  It is one of these books that you won’t want to put down for a long time.

This memoir is a moving and witty memoir about aging family love, and the hunt for roots and belonging. The story begins as a trip from Canada to Ireland in search of her genealogical background and some documents. Being eight and in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, Joe invites his daughter Alison to come along as his research assistant, which might have worked very well had she any interest in the genealogy.  But she really wasn’t interested at all.

However, very quickly, the father-daughter pilgrimage becomes more comical than fruitful, more of a bittersweet adventure than a studious mission. Rather than rigorous genealogy, their explorations move…

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