Irish in America: A Fiction Reading List

By Carrie McBride, Communications
February 29, 2024

Seeking economic security, religious freedom, and land ownership, millions of Irish emigrated to the United States, primarily between 1820 and 1957, and today almost 10% of Americans claim Irish ancestry. As we celebrate Irish American Heritage Month this March, it's the perfect time to highlight books by Irish and Irish American authors—including stories of starting over and finding community, navigating complex family relationships, and balancing a longing for home with hope for a new future.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.