Map of Ireland : a novel / by Stephanie Grant.
- 2 of 2 copies available at Bibliomation.
|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Bethel Public Library||F GRANT (Text to phone)||34030111387442||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
|Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury||FIC GRANT, S (Text to phone)||34005096161962||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781416556220
- ISBN: 1416556222
- Physical Description: p. ; cm.
- Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
- Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008.
|Summary, etc.:||In 1974, the first year of busing in Boston, Massachusetts, seventeen-year-old Ann Ahern's lesbianism, which has isolated her from other white students, draws her to her African French teacher and leads her to insights into Blacks' struggles in the post-Civil Rights era.|
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Publishers Weekly Review
Map of Ireland
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Edgy and erotic, Grant's second novel (after The Passion of Alice) runs a complex story of urban racial conflict through a YA-feeling filter. The year is 1974, and 16-year-old Ann Ahern has a crush on her French teacher, the Senegalese Mademoiselle Eugenie. It is not the gender of her crush that troubles Ann-she has long known she likes girls-but rather the color of Mademoiselle's skin. The backdrop of Ann's adolescence is the desegregation of south Boston public schools, and the sight of black faces in her school fills her with equal parts resentment and lust; her response to this confusion takes the form of a light pyromania, and as racial strife worsens, it is clear that Ann has wandered into a conflict between the Black Panthers and several racist groups. When a gang of white kids torch Mademoiselle Eugenie's car, Ann embarks on an adventure that awakens her conscience and sexual identity. Grant is most successful in depicting Ann's internal coming-of-age, but the world outside Ann's head is frequently elusive, and her final acting out may crush any sympathy readers feel toward her. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Map of Ireland
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Set in the Southie section of Boston in 1974, Grant's gritty story recounts the upheaval in the aftermath of desegregation in the Boston public schools, a measure introduced to help reinforce the Massachusetts Racial Imbalance Law. Ann Ahern, a tough Irish American, is a junior at the local public school. Known as a lesbian and a pyromaniac, she is considered an outsider by the community, despite her birthright credentials (her very face is a map of Ireland). Craving recognition and acceptance where she can find it, she nonetheless retains the strict local code of never snitching on her peers. This decision fatally impacts the uneasy relationship she maintains with her French teacher, the magnificent French African Mademoiselle Eugenie, whose ties with the Black Power movement both fascinate and appall Ann. Often funny and startlingly frank, Grant expertly captures the confusion, angst, and insightfulness of a teenager dealing with race and sexual relations in a turbulent era. Sometimes unlikable, yet always sympathetic, Ann provides a wry commentary on what represents, and ultimately defines, community.--English, Catherine Copyright 2008 Booklist
Library Journal Review
Map of Ireland
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Grant, whose The Passion of Alice was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, here tells the story of Ann, a white Irish Catholic teen living in South Boston. With integration just beginning in "Southie" schools in 1974, Ann develops a crush on her black French teacher, Mademoiselle Eugenie. She also falls in love with Rochelle, a smart-mouthed black girl and family friend of Mademoiselle Eugenie. Her love for Rochelle and admiration for her teacher lead her to an impossible choice: turn in her brother to the police for burning Eugenie's car or stay quiet and lose Rochelle. The double burden of same-sex and interracial love in a very prejudiced time and place causes great confusion for both Ann and Rochelle, and Ann ultimately erupts in a fiery act of destruction. The book's political climate is well portrayed, with extremists on both sides making life difficult for those trying to get beyond the racial divide. Recommended for medium and larger public libraries.--Amy Ford, St. Mary's Cty. Lib., Lexington Park, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.