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The O'Briens

A Novel
Behrens, Peter (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A family saga spanning half a century in the lives of a restless and ambitious clan starts with the story of backwoods youth-turned-railroad magnate Joe O'Brien, who after leaving the Canadian wilds and sharing a passionate courtship with Iseult, becomes the patriarch of a family that sees the first airplanes, two world wars and the election of JFK. By the award-winning author of The Law of Dreams"--From publisher.
Authors: Behrens, Peter, 1954-
Title: The O'Briens
a novel
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Behrens
Summary: "A family saga spanning half a century in the lives of a restless and ambitious clan starts with the story of backwoods youth-turned-railroad magnate Joe O'Brien, who after leaving the Canadian wilds and sharing a passionate courtship with Iseult, becomes the patriarch of a family that sees the first airplanes, two world wars and the election of JFK. By the award-winning author of The Law of Dreams"--From publisher.
ISBN: 0307379930
9780307379931
Branch Call Number: FICTION BEHRENS 2011
Subject Headings: Families Canada Fiction
Genre/Form: War stories
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2011029594
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"A family saga spanning half a century in the lives of a restless and ambitious clan starts with the story of backwoods youth-turned-railroad magnate Joe O'Brien, who after leaving the Canadian wilds and sharing a passionate courtship with Iseult, becomes the patriarch of a family that sees ... Read More »

A family saga spanning half a century in the lives of a restless and ambitious clan starts with the story of backwoods youth-turned-railroad magnate Joe O'Brien, who after leaving the Canadian wilds and sharing a passionate courtship with Iseult, becomes the patriarch of a family that sees the fi... Read More »


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Mar 04, 2012
  • readingchick rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Peter Behrens continues the family saga from "The Law of Dreams". For those who enjoy this genre it is an excellent read.

Sep 26, 2011
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a continued story of the O'Brien family from the award winning book "The Law of Dreams" although it stands on its own quite nicely. Those who appreciate Peter Behrens writing will enjoy this book.

Peter Behrens will be reading from The O'Briens at the Main Library, 120 Metcalfe St. on Tues, Oct 25th, 2011 12:00-1:00.
Don't miss this chance to meet the author!

Sep 10, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the saga of Joe O'Brien and his family. It starts in the Pontiac region along the Ottawa River, but ranges across North America to the Canadian Rockies, to Venice Beach, California, and back again. Joe spends most of his married life in Montreal, as does one of his brothers. We see the strong feelings around families here with Joe's support for his siblings and theirs for him and his family. We see marital difficulties, influences of war, and the more mundane everyday aspects of life.
Joe is involved in the Canadian railway boom, the military industry of both World Wars, and construction of many infrastructure projects. He dreams big and yet sometimes doesn't know what he really wants. We see how people love each other, but don't always understand each other.
This is an engaging book, with characters that capture the imagination.

"in giving his family a past few of them knew existed, Behrens has made them unforgettably alive."
John Barber
Globe & Mail
July 29 2011

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