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Thin Places



by
Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Milkweed Editions
ISBN
9781571311955
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Discrimination: Religious , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use
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Both a celebration of the natural world and a memoir of one family’s experience during the Troubles, Thin Places is a gorgeous braid of "two strands, one wondrous and elemental, the other violent and unsettling, sustained by vividly descriptive prose" (The Guardian).

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry, on the border of the North and South of Ireland, at the very height of the Troubles. She was brought up on a council estate on the wrong side of town—although for her family, and many others, there was no right side. One parent was Catholic, the other was Protestant. In the space of one year, they were forced out of two homes. When she was eleven, a homemade bomb was thrown through her bedroom window. Terror was in the very fabric of the city, and for families like ní Dochartaigh’s, the ones who fell between the cracks of identity, it seemed there was no escape.

In Thin Places, a luminous blend of memoir, history, and nature writing, ní Dochartaigh explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone’s throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard and terror to creep back in. Ní Dochartaigh asks us to reclaim our landscape through language and study, and remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map. It will always be ours, but—at the same time—it never really was.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Religious , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Memoir

Topics

Kerri ní Dochartaigh (1983– ). Derry, Northern Ireland. Twentieth-century social life and customs. Nature writing. The Troubles. History of Northern Ireland, 1968–1998. Political violence.

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