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Map of Ireland: A Novel Free download ☆ 5 ☆ In 1974 when Ann Ahern begins her junior year of high school South Boston is in crisis Catholic mothers are blockading buses to keep Black children from the public schools and teenagers are raising havoc in the streets Ann an outsider in her own Irish American community is infatuated with her Rican community is infatuated with her beautiful French teacher Mademoiselle Eugenie who hails from Paris but is of African descent Spurred by her adoration for Eugenie Ann embarks on a journey that leads her beyond South Boston through the fringes of the. There are things I really like about this book its honesty grittiness the consistent voice of a uestioning confused teenager There are other things that I had trouble with cultural assumptions not shared with the reader some flat unavailable characters the cluelessness of the main character at times when it would seem she should have been learning or observing keenlyI think what struck me most was the underlying theme of white privilege That speaks to the cluelessness so I'm going to assume the author was going for that characteristic She was the perfect example of the fish swimming in water analogy; I spent most of the book wanting to slap her around But then I would remember that she's only 16 and has been immersed in the culture of South Boston all her life so in spite of her outsider position from being a lesbian she still wasn't able to generalize that experience to the issue of raceThere were gems buried in this book Every so often I had to reread a sentence or a paragraph because it struck me so forcefully Overall I'm glad I read it but I sure don't want to meet any of these characters in real life

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In 1974 when Ann Ahern begins her junior year of high school South Boston is in crisis Catholic mothers are blockading buses to keep Black children from the public schools and teenagers are raising havoc in the streets Ann an outsider in her own Irish Ame. Map of Ireland is a slender and engaging I read the whole thing on an intercity bus ride work about a ueer teenager who falls in adoration with her Black French teacher during the first year of busing 1974 in South Boston The French teacher is not what she seems to be and the general confusion and animosity in their part of the city lead to events beyond what happens in the usual coming of age taleThere is a lot of good writing here including a strangely romantic and erotic encounter and some pointed and complex characterizations especially of Ann's mother But I was sorry about the ending Ann proves that she can't yet rise above the influence of her immediate community even though her lesbianism has cast her out of its rough embrace I was disappointed with the book itself after reading through Ann's final decisions and actions but on reflection I think it was admirable of the author to choose a somewhat unusual perspective and denouement for her story Ann at the end of the book is just as clueless about her role both symbolic and specific in a racially divided and changing society Although she is herself from an insular ethnic community that inspires both fear and fascination she can't comprehend why there might be a movement for Black separatism much less why anyone would take part in struggles that have nothing to do with their own people And while she's the center of her story and by extension the reader's she can't see that she's not actually the story here As one character scolds her White people were always asking Black people to bear witness to their lives to their humanityIt was the oldest story in the universe the oldest story in the whole swirling galaxyBut I couldn't help imagining that this isn't the ultimate that Ann will be she's not even 18 and still has a whole life in front of her and it's clear she will be on her own The jacket copy makes a sentimental stab at having Ann embark on a journey that leads herto the truth about herself If the publisher is right it's a pretty depressing truth Let's hope not

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Map of Ireland A NovelBlack Power movement toward love and ultimately to the truth about herselfIn this ambitious and arresting novel Stephanie Grant's searing prose powerful storytelling and richly drawn characters bring tumultuous moment in American history into perfect foc. Well written Compelling story But why Why does Stephanie Grant need to write this story about race set in the 70s Why is she telling a story about racism without adding nuanceperspective 40 years later