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    Intriguing novel!

    The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris is an interesting historical novel. The novel begins on Alcatraz Island with Inmate 257, Tommy Capello, trying to escape and hoping they do not find lost little girl of one of the guards. Then the novel goes to 1919 to begin the story. Shanley Keagan is twelve years old in and lives in Dublin, Ireland. He is an orphan at the mercy of his Uncle William O’Mara. Shan is good at impressions, acting, singing, and comedic routines. His uncle books him into various venues to earn money (which the uncle spends). Shan discovers that his biological father was an American sailor named John S. Lewis. Shan wants to go to America to look for him and works at convincing his uncle that it would be a good opportunity for them. After a bout of sickness, his uncle agrees to go. Upon arriving in New York at Ellis Island, Uncle Will is dead in his bunk. Shan does not want to be sent back to Ireland. He had rescued Tony Capello from some bullies on the ship, and he is hoping Tony can help him get into America. The Capello family agree to let Shan pretend to be their deceased. The Capello’s take Shan into their home and he has a good home for the first time in years. Shan goes on a search for his father while forging a new life for himself in America. Find out what happens to Tommy Capello and Shan Keagan in The Edge of Lost. The Edge of Lost is an intriguing novel. I was not sure I would like this novel (I usually do not read books with a male main character), but this novel captured my interest right from the start. There are a couple of slow areas, but overall an enjoyable novel. There is some violence and foul language in the book (as well as sex). The story takes us through the 1920s and we get to experience bootlegging, speakeasies, and boys growing up into men (and the choices they make). The Edge of Lost is well written (the author did a good job showing us New York in the 1920s). The writer takes us from Ireland to New York (provides great descriptions). I liked the authors writing style and how she wove the story together. The Edge of Lost has an enjoyable ending that will leave you smiling. I give The Edge of Lost 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Edge of Lost from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Another Fantastic Novel for your Keeper Shelf

    The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris Kristina McMorris’s latest is a coming of age, coming home again poignant literary masterpiece. Her sometimes dark and very emotionally demanding read moves seamlessly from post WWI through the decadent roaring twenties right up to pre WWII. She shows off her extensive research while taking readers on an intense journey of self-discovery encompassing two continents and realistically depicting the ups and downs of life as an American immigrant. Although she has one main star everyone of her amazing characters are award worthy and none will soon be forgotten. The several OMG plot shocks and the fundamental decency her star kept through all his trials are but a few of the incredible things that make this novel a must read for your keeper shelf! 1919 Ireland is war ravaged, still recovering from the influenza epidemic, plus about to embark on yet another battle with Brittan. It’s where we find young orphan Shan Keegan performing vaudevillian acts to earn his keep with his abusive, abrasive Uncle. When Shan discovers that in America performers are getting rich for what he’s doing here for his supper it doesn't take much to convince his greedy uncle to head across the sea. When his uncle dies during the crossing from a long ailing condition Shan doesn’t know how he’ll get through immigration until he’s offered refuge with the family of an Italian boy he helped while aboard ship. And so once again orphaned but not alone, with little to his name but still hopeful Shan sets out for a new life in America. But Shan has another personal reason for coming to America, to find his birth father and although he’s only armed with a name and the facts that he’s a musician and in the US Navy he’s determined to find him. He just doesn’t realize just how bumpy his road will be to get there.
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    This was great

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was different and exceedingly interesting. Great read . Hope you enjoy it as much as I did
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    Exciting read.

    A great adventure with twists and turns that pull on your heart strings. I just had to keep reading this one and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    The Edge of Lost.

    A interesting story, one you didnt want to -put down leaving all else on hold. I will read it again,thank you.

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