1865. Eighteen years after the Irish famine-ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, a daughter of its journey, Eliza Duane Mooney, sets out on foot from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a quest that will take her across a continent ravaged by Civil War. Redemption Falls is a Dickensian tale of war and forgiveness, of strangers in a strange land, of love put to the ultimate test. Packed with music, balladry, poetry, and storytelling, this is ‘a grand polyphonic canvas [with] moments of sustained brilliance which in psychological truth and realism make Daniel Defoe look like a literary amateur’ (Boston Globe).


“A superb achievement… A virtuoso performance – but also a great book to keep you company on long summer evenings.”
The Irish Times

“A masterpiece.”
The Sunday Tribune

“Truly astonishing.”
The Sunday Times

“Bursting with strong, well sculpted characters. This book cements O’Connor’s reputation as a novelist of the highest order.”
Glasgow Herald

“A major work of modern fiction by an astoundingly accomplished novelist.”
The Guardian