The Walking People

The Walking People

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


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Rural Ireland, the 1960s, and Greta Cahill must abandon her deserted village to follow her fearless sister Johanna onto a ship bound for America.

It's here in New York that she steps out of her sister's shadow and in to 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 compassionate story of self-discovery and identity, The Walking People has remarkable range and power.

Praise for Mary Beth Keane:

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

'A fearless writer' LISA TADDEO

'A writer of extraordinary depth, feeling and wit' Meg Wolitzer

'I'll read everything she writes' Liane Moriarty

'Immersive and deeply moving'
Anna Hope

© Mary Beth Keane 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • 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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