In the same scope as Marzi and Persepolis, this is another graphic novel that everyone should get their hands on. Gone to Amerikay is a darkly romantic historical drama that explores the vivid history of Irish immigrants to New York over 150 years. This sweeping, century-spanning graphic novel explores the vivid history of Irish émigrés to New York City via three intertwined tales, from a penniless woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slum of 1870, to a struggling young artist drawn to the nascent counterculture of 1960, the year America elected its first Irish-Catholic president.Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Derek McCulloch (Stagger Lee, Pug), and beautifully illustrated with period detail by Colleen Doran (THE SANDMAN, ORBITER) and color by Jose Villarrubi.
School Library Journal has called Gone to Amerikay one of the best graphic novels of 2012…so far! Make sure you have a copy in your library, this is an important book and adds a new way to learn about critical events in our country’s history and in our personal histories.
To celebrate the 4th of July, and all that it means to be an American and have immigrated here, from somewhere- let’s celebrate by giving the first five libraries to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org a free copy!
I hope you enjoy Gone to Amerikay as much as I did (being part Irish… isn’t everyone?) and I hope you have a happy 4th!