by Joseph O'Conner
A grandiose anecdote that captures the hearts of many in the time of tragedy and despair; Joseph O'Conner creates a fictional-narrative of the Moores family during the late 1860s. An Irish-Catholic family that moves into 97 Orchard Street sets out to find stable living and working conditions along with the drive for equality. Enduring the loss of an infant and the troubles of daily life, O'Conner extenuates a "real-life" interpretation of the Moores family. The book includes a long line of photographs from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum's recreation of their apartment as well. Of course the story is prolific in terms of educating a classroom or even for the coffee table.