She moves through the boom
This is a quirky, kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Ireland. By turns hilarious and dark, it is a fascinating snapshot of a singular moment in the country's history. Behind the triumphant headlines of the boom, there are changes going on -- in the way people work, speak, eat, even the way they think -- that cannot be quantified by statistics nor squared with the hollow cliche of the Celtic Tiger. This book is about these intangible changes, and it paints a picture the newspapers and tourism propagandists are missing. Ann Marie Hourihane talks to working mothers, wine importers, the organizer of a rural water scheme, shop assistants, a Nigerian preacher, teenaged removal men, and other exemplary -- because ordinary -- members of Irish society. These people aren't talking about the boom; they're living it, sometimes without even noticing, and they speak its languages -- of social liberation, stubborn tradition, banal consumerism, and others. A great deal has happened to Irish people in the last few years, and this book helps to uncover those changes, both good and bad.
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A idiosyncratic, in the trenches account of how Ireland was changed by its economic boom--I decided to read this book after hearing the author interviewed on the radio recently; she's writing a sequel called something like She Moves Through the Gloom, or Doom about what has happened since the collapse. Part of the fun of reading is trying to decode Irish life references and idioms.