ELLIS ISLAND IS THE STORY OF YOUNG ELLIE NOLAN WHO, IN 1920, MOVES FROM THE POVERTY OF RURAL IRELAND TO NEW YORK TO EARN THE MONEY TO PAY FOR AN OPERATION FOR HER CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART AND HUSBAND JOHN WHO WAS DURING THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.
ONCE SHE GETS THERE, ELLIE BECOME SEDUCED BY THE GLAMOUR, EXCITEMENT AND FREEDOM OF JAZZ AGE NEW YORK, SHE TRAINS AS A TYPIST AND TRIES TO PERSUADE JOHN TO JOIN HER AND START A NEW LIFE.
It was published in 2010 in the UK and was selected for the prestigious Channel 4 TV Bookclub. It then came out in America the following summer, June 2011. Ellis Island is the first of a trilogy - although now that I am writing the "final" one - I'm not entirely sure that I'll be finishing with Ellie just yet.....
Here's me talking about Ellis Island.
Here's Channel 4 TV Summer Reads Bookclub talking about it