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Clare: A Novel

Clare Keane is fourteen years old when her mother dies of pneumonia in the tenement room they share in turn-of-the-century Cork, Ireland. Left with two younger brothers, her closest family thousands of miles away in St. Paul, Minnesota, Clare begins a dangerous journey that takes her from Cork through the port of Queenstown to Ellis Island, New York, and finally St. Paul.

Rich in historical detail, Clare allows the reader to live the sights, sounds, and smells of a 1906 journey of immigration.

Important places

Ellis Island-New York Access (39)
Cork (40)
New York (7,395)
St. Paul (104)


Ramsey (112)
New York (8,072)


Cork (39)
Minnesota (828)
New York (9,763)


Ireland (2,156)
United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Superior Upland (76)
Canadian Shield (805)
Central Lowlands (North America) (1,334)
Ireland (Island of) (2,384)
Upper Midwest (2,971)
North Atlantic Ocean (8,812)