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The elephant of Belfast : a novel / S. Kirk Walsh.

Walsh, S. Kirk (author.).

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  • 6 of 14 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola FIC WALSH S (Text) 33118000196793 Adult: New Book Checked out 04/26/2021
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver FIC WALSH ELE (Text) 34304000999012 Adult - Fiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library FIC WAL (Text) 33187004794133 Fiction (adult) Checked out 05/07/2021
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville ZIONS72619 (Text) ZIONS72619 New Books . 2nd Floor In process -
Kendallville PL - Kendallville Main Branch NEW FICTION WALSH (Text) 37516002066540 Adult New Book Shelf-Fiction Checked out 04/24/2021
Lebanon PL - Lebanon F WALSH (Text) 34330513516097 Adult - New Fiction Reshelving -
Monon Town and Twp PL - Monon FIC WAL (Text) 36825000923092 Fiction Available -
New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle F WALS (Text) 39231033796182 Ratcliffe-Carnegie Reading Room Available -
Peru PL - Peru FIC WALSH S (Text) 53069000579897 NEW BOOK Checked out 04/22/2021
Princeton PL - Princeton Fic Walsh (Text) 30890000764140 New Adult Materials Lower level for fiction Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781640094000
  • ISBN: 1640094008
  • Physical Description: 324 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
"The Elephant of Belfast chronicles a seven-month period of time when the Germans unexpectedly bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, also known as the Belfast Blitz. Through the lens of the Bellevue Zoo and one of its zookeepers, twenty-year-old Hettie Quin, the novel animates how the war irrevocably impacted-and shaped the lives of Belfast's citizens in broad and intimate ways. In October 1940, Hettie meets Violet, a three-year-old Asian elephant arriving at the Belfast docks from Ceylon. Soon, she becomes Violet's dedicated zookeeper at the Bellevue Zoo. At the same time, Hettie continues to experience the grief related to the recent loss of her beloved older sister, Anna, and the abandonment of her father, Thomas, who left her mother, Rose. On April 15th , 1941, Belfast is attacked for five hours, with 674 bombs falling, and almost a thousand civilians being killed. During the bombings and its aftermath, Hettie does all that she can to save her elephant, and survive the destruction and escalating sectarian unrest of the city. Even though Hettie is still only twenty years old by the novel's end, she's aged at least a decade, her life and perspective transforming in tragic and unexpected ways. Taken altogether, The Elephant of Belfast reflects a complicated portrait of loss, grief, love, and resilience, and how the zoo and the city of Belfast suffered during these catastrophic attacks. At the narrative's heart is a changing relationship between a young woman and an elephant: At first, it seems that Hettie saves Violet, but in the end, Violet saves her"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Zoo keepers > Fiction.
Elephants > Fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Fiction.
Belfast (Northern Ireland) > History > Bombardment, 1941 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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