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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman

Books about place, magic, Faeries, Ireland, sex, God, and love

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New Orleans as It Was
Charles "Pie" Dufour, Henry C. Castellanos
New Orleans after the Civil War
Justin A. Nystrom
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (complete: First & Second Series)
Isabella Augusta Persse (Lady Gregory)
Bright Dead Things: Poems
Ada Limon
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Desire: Poems
Frank Bidart
Selected Poems 1976-2012
Jorie Graham
An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry
Wes Davis (Editor)
I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Rajesh Parameswaran
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro

Homegoing: A novel

Homegoing: A novel - Yaa Gyasi Homegoing is a brisk but relentlessly bleak saga of the diaspora from Western Africa occasioned by the slave trade. Each section is narrated by a different narrator, generation after generation, both by those who stayed in Africa and those who were sold into slavery in the U.S. No cartoon villainy is depicted here; the evil -- and it inheres in both black and white characters, male and female -- is widespread and the resulting shattering of families and severing of ties with ancestors leaves many characters marooned in their own time. The “homegoing” in the title is the ultimately successful redemptive attempt to reconnect.

The novel is obviously a product of great research. Each era is portrayed with daunting particularity. The relentless stream of unhappy endings is tempered only by the passing on of a black stone talisman from generation to generation, which -- though not the most original symbol -- has sufficient gravity to anchor the novel in a bit of hope.