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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Behrens Narrator: Jonathan Waters Publisher: Steerforth Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Driven from the only home he has known during Ireland's Great Hunger of 1847, Fergus O'Brien makes the harrowing journey from County Clare to America, traveling with bold girls, pearl boys, navvies, and highwaymen. Along the way, Fergus meets his three passionate loves: Phoebe, Luke, and Molly. They are vivid, unforgettable characters, fresh and willful.

Based on Peter Behrens's own family history, The Law of Dreams is lyrical, emotional, and thoroughly extraordinary, a searing tale of ardent struggle and ultimate perseverance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/17/2014

    " A coming of age story set against the brutality of the Irish potato famine. Prose like poetry. Wonderful character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheila | 2/14/2014

    " Unrelentingly bleak springs to mind. Well written and certainly graphic, this novel makes you want to get down on your knees and say thanks for every little thing your Irish ancestors went through to get to Canada. A hard novel to read, particularly over the Xmas holidays! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle Rivera | 2/10/2014

    " I truly enjoyed this book. I was very concerned about Fergus' relationship with Molly but it all works out in the end. The characters were life-like and the drama of living in extreme poverty comes through loud and clear. The immigrants who came across the Atlantic on these cargo ships truly suffered. I never really thought about what my ancestors had gone through to get here, my great-grandparents and my grandparents too. I never realized how difficult their lives had been before the potato famine, after and then trying to get to America. I love how the author includes all the dreams the Irish thought they would realize once they arrived in America. Everyone really believes they will be given a farm upon arrival in the United States. I have a new appreciation for how hard it must have been for these poor people to leave everything they knew and understood to come over to America and start all over again.This was a most pleasant way to learn a bit of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bethan | 1/26/2014

    " heavy stuff. not sure how i feel about this book. really well written but i'm not likin the main character so much. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens is a Canadian novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. His debut novel, The Law of Dreams, won the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction. Behrens was born and raised in Montreal, where he studied at Concordia University and McGill University. His earliest short fiction can be found in Best Canadian Stories 1978 and Best Canadian Stories 1979, and in his debut short story collection, Night Driving (1987). He subsequently worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter; though he continued to publish short stories and essays in Canadian and American magazines, he did not publish another book until The Law of Dreams, his novel of a homeless lad thrown off his lands by the Ireland's Great Potato Famine. Behrens currently lives in Maine with his family.