Map of Ireland: A Novel
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 beautiful French teacher, Mademoiselle Eugénie, who hails from Paris but is of African descent. Spurred by her adoration for Eugénie, Ann embarks on a journey that leads her beyond South Boston, through the fringes of the Black Power movement, toward love, and ultimately to the truth about herself.
In this ambitious and arresting novel, Stephanie Grant's searing prose, powerful storytelling, and richly drawn characters bring tumultuous moment in American history into perfect focus.
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MAP OF IRELANDUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Grant (The Passion of Alice, 1995) uses the political as a counterpoint to the personal in a novel set amidst the tumult of Boston in 1974.The desegregation of South Boston's public schools, the rise ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing
This is a story set in 1974 South Boston, aka "Southie," when the city began busing children to desegregate the schools. It is told by its protagonist, Ann, a resident of Southie, who is also a ... Read full review