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Map of Ireland A NovelIn 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. Set during the desegregation of Boston's public schools when buses sent white kids to black schools and black kids to white schools Map of Ireland is the story of an Irish American living in the very Irish neighbourhood of South Boston who loves to set fires and whose colouring of red hair white skin and freckles is called a map of IrelandAnn Ahern is sixteen It's 1974 and she observes with little opinion the white Catholic mothers throwing stones at buses of black children She's concerned with her own blossoming sexuality she's only interested in girls and the black exchange teacher at school Mademoiselle Eugénie who teaches French She's from a family of five; her father has been gone for years Life isn't easy but above all Ann's filled with a yearning as well as unsettled confusion When Mademoiselle Eugénie's car is set on fire by some white boys and she disappears from school life Ann is worried But when one of the two black girls on her basketball team Rochelle offers Ann the chance to see the French teacher she's so infatuated with she leaps at the chance and at the adventure and discovery that comes with itWhile it's a short novel at less than 200 pages it reads long because it has so much to say even though upon reflection not all that much really happens It's Ann's commentary on life on white black relations on this moment in history that she barely understands on her own urges and desires that propels the novel Perhaps it's Ann's incredibly real voice but you feel while reading this that you've been swept back in time It's gritty it's sympathetic and it's the closest you might be able to come if you weren't around in the 70s or in America to knowing what it must have been like during desegregation especially how people thought at the time The book doesn't pass judgement it doesn't need to but it doesn't shy away from telling it like it is or was as they sayAnn is a great character as one reviewer said I like this uote Ann Ahern wants literally to climb out of her own skin to be part of something larger than herself This urgency fuels the novel and makes her unforgettable unknowable but unforgettable Los Angeles Times I could never have said it as well as that but it captures it perfectlyIt's harder to capture the style Ann's voice how she injects herself into every word It's unpretentiously written and finely crafted I want to share a glimpse of it so I've randomly picked a paragraph to uoteThe Black hallway ran the length of the house Beyond the living room were two doors I figured maybe the Black bedrooms I crept along I felt inexplicably sad In ninth grade when I got in trouble for tonguing Laura Miskinis in the ear the headmaster had called me a pervert I knew then he had the wrong word Perverse means twisted What I'd done was simple straightforward a tongue an ear a current of feeling What I was doing now in Mademoiselle Eugénie's house was perverse Sneaking around A lone White in a Black house TrespassingIf you're interested in black history especially African American history then Map of Ireland should definitely be on your reading list This is also a great work of lesbian fiction and even though it's not marketed as YA it would be a great teen read as well

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Map of Ireland: A Novel Read & download à 100 ✓ 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 wiRican 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. Painful cleanly written story of a 16 year old Irish American kid from Southie and her inner and outer struggles in 1974 Boston against the people her people fear and her people themselves She smacks into the discomfort of deeply inculturated racism as it seeps into her home life and her attempts to understand and realize her own unspooling sexuality Cliche free no easy answers beautifully writtenFull disclosure I know the author who also wrote The Passion of Alice