About the author …

Roberta Williams is best known as the creator of the best-selling King’s Quest series of computer games published by the game company she co-founded with her husband, Ken Williams: Sierra On-Line. She has been honored with a wide range of industry awards and her computer games have sold millions of copies. 

This is her first book and is the result of years of intensive research into tracing the roots of her Irish heritage, begun by her initial interest in genealogy. But as Roberta is a natural storyteller, a story began to formulate itself in her mind. The need to express this emotional tale grew, until it became the subject of this poignant book.

About the book … 

This is an account of the ordeals of the Irish people during the Great Famine of mid-19th century, although she added a twist: Though it’s written as an historical novel, she decided to portray her actual ancestors as the primary protagonists in this emotionally-charged story. Thus, the principal characters were actual people, the historical facts are true, and the story of their lives during this terrible time was as real as possible by means of research, fact and document gathering, personal interviews, and intensive travel to Ireland. Where that knowledge wasn’t possible she inserted her forebears into the historical situations surrounding them so that her readers could learn and understand what they — along with so many others — experienced through that tumultuous time. And why so many Irish chose to leave their lovely emerald isle.

 

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