Red Deer Press, 2010
Wild Geese, the sequel to the Governor General’s Award winning novel Greener Grass, follows Kit Byrne and her friend Mick O’Toole after they leave famine Ireland. Across the Atlantic, through Grosse Isle quarantine station, and on to Upper Canada, the two teenagers endure storms, epidemics, and quarantines. Desperate to find her family who travelled on a different ship, Kit is willing to sacrifice everything, even her love for Mick, to reunite the remaining orphaned Byrnes. Jack and Annie are out there somewhere and Kit will not stop searching until she finds them, until her family is together again.
The original Wild Geese were Irish soldiers fighting outside of Ireland but the term soon came to encompass all expatriate Irish. People fighting for survival a long, long way from home. People like Kit. This is her Wild Geese story.