The Walking People

The Walking People

The powerful and moving story from the New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes



'A fearless writer' LISA TADDEO
'An epic story about immigration, identity and family' Guardian
'Atmospheric, moving and brilliantly well-written' Daily Mail
'Engrossing . . . the kind of novel you simply don't want to end' Daily Express
'A beautifully crafted novel about love, loyalty, culture, family and identity' Irish Sunday Independent

*Features an extract from Mary Beth Keane's new novel The Half Moon!*

1960s Rural Ireland. Greta Cahill must abandon her quiet village to follow her fearless sister Johanna onto a ship bound for New York . . .

It's here that she steps out of her sister's shadow and into a life of her own, rich with love, work and family.

As the years pass Greta longs to revisit the past - to see her mother, to show her what she has made of herself.

But she must protect a family secret, decades old.

So when her children conspire to unite the worlds she's kept so carefully apart, Greta fears she could lose it all . . .

A profoundly moving, compassionate story of self-discovery, The Walking People is a powerful and compelling story about our connection to the past.

'A novel of great compassion and understanding . . . rich with story' JOHN BOYNE on Ask Again, Yes

'Keane's previous novel Ask Again, Yes, was on my best Books of 2019, and this is just as good. Its slow, melodic pace proves we don't always need fast action and twists' Prima, 'Best Books of March'

'The characters are so well drawn and out of the ordinary that I was quickly drawn into their story and didn't want it to end' 5***** Reader Review

'The story becomes so engrossing it grows on you with its real and engaging characters ... a very moving and original love story' Irish Examiner

'A gorgeous nostalgic family drama with real characters. Loved it' 5***** Reader Review

Praise for Mary Beth Keane:

'A fearless writer' Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

'A novel of great compassion and understanding . . . rich with story' John Boyne

'I'll read everything she writes' Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies

'A writer of extraordinary depth, feeling and wit' Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion

'Immersive and deeply moving' Anna Hope, author of Expectation

'It's an absolute stunner, an ode to family and forgiveness that has been crafted with compassion and insight' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

**THE HALF MOON, the new novel by Mary Beth Keane, is available to pre-order now!**


  • A compelling drama of transatlantic Irish life
    Billy Collins

About the author

Mary Beth Keane

MARY BETH KEANE attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. In 2011, she was name one of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35', and in 2015 she was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York, with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever and Ask Again, Yes - a New York Times bestseller, BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick, and winner of the Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show Summer Reads Book Club 2019.
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