Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan is the story of two Irish sisters--Nora and Theresa-- who journey by ship to the United States when they are 21 and 17 years old. Nora, the elder, is engaged to be married to an Irish neighbor who made the trip across the ocean before her. After spending decades in the states, the sisters are still faced with questions about what makes a family, and what it means to be an American.
I caught up with Sullivan while she was on tour for the book release. I’m Beth Golay, this is Marginalia, and here’s our conversation: