Exile on Bridge Street - Book
Exile on Bridge Street - Book
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Product Code: OB0771-F16

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Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity's struggle
to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland's fight for its own
independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity's father,
an Irish rebel, is unknown, which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable
on the family farm as British troops swarm, seeking reprisals. Garrity must
organize their departure to New York immediately. In Brooklyn, Garrity is
adopted by Dinny Meehan, leader of a longshoremen gang based in an "Irishtown"
saloon under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Meehan vows to help Garrity and
his family. But just as Ireland struggles for independence, Garrity faces great
obstacles in his own coming of age on the violent Brooklyn waterfront. World War
I, the Spanish Influenza, the temperance movement, the rise of Italian organized
crime, police, unions and shipping and dock companies all target the Brooklyn
Irish gang and threaten Garrity's chances at bringing his family to New York.
When "Wild Bill" Lovett, one of the gang's dockbosses vies to take over, both
Meehan and Garrity face a fight for survival in New York City's brawling streets
mirroring Ireland's own fledgling independence movement.

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