(Nominated for the 2013 Man Booker Prize) Three crossings of the North Atlantic leap continents and centuries in this soaring novel from the author of the 2009 National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin. Frederick Douglass sojourns to Dublin on a lecture tour in 1845, and finds the desperately poor Irish sympathetic to the abolitionist cause; aviators Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown set course from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1919, hoping to make the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic; and Senator George Mitchell leaves a young wife and newborn child in New York in 1998 to shepherd Northern Ireland's volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. These crossings are connected by a family of remarkable women, and their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history.
"One of the greatest pleasures of TransAtlantic is how provisional it makes history feel, how intimate, and intensely real.... Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday."—Boston Globe
"What distinguishes TransAtlantic from [Colum] McCann's earlier work isn't the stunning language or the psychological acuity or the humor and imagination on display—all of that has been there before. It's the sheer ambition, the audacity to imagine within the same novel the experience of Frederick Douglass in 1845 ... then the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight in 1919 ... then to leap into the near present and embody the former senator George Mitchell ... knitting through and around them the stories of four generations of women."—NYTimes Magazine