Where the Grass Is Greener: Voices of Immigrant Women in Ireland

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A collection of personal interviews with women from all over the world who have moved to Ireland. Some are recent arrivals while others have lived there for years. Some came alone, some came to be with their Irish husband, and others came for various personal reasons. The 50 women interviewed, who come from France, Finland, Italy, Bosnia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico, The Philippines and elsewhere, discuss what they tho ught Irish society was like before they arrived and what Irish society is like today, at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Susan Knight is a novelist, playwright and feature writer. She has a PhD in Literature from the University of Essex and currently teaches Creative Writing at University College Dublin and the People's College. She lives in Dublin.

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Knight, Susan
Published by Oak Tree Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 1860762131 ISBN 13: 9781860762130
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Book Description Oak Tree Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: Good+. Corners slightly bumped and splayed. A collection of personal interviews with women from all over the world who have moved to Ireland. Some are recent arrivals while others have lived there for years. Some came alone, some came to be with their Irish husband, and others came for various personal reasons. The 50 women interviewed, who come from France, Finland, Italy, Bosnia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico, The Philippines and elsewhere, discuss what they tho ught Irish society was like before they arrived and what Irish society is like today, at the beginning of the 21st century. This collection of interviews with foreign women living in Ireland has a double agenda. On the one hand to uncover a mosaic of stories, less ordinary and extraordinary but never ordinary; to glimpse into the lives of some of the exotic people who are becoming more and more visible on the streets of our cities, towns and villages. On the other, to provide a glimpse of Ireland at this transitional moment in its history through other eyes. I have chosen to interview only women because they are traditionally the more passive members of society and therefore have a particular angle of vision. Many have come not of their own choice but accompanying partners, Irish husbands and boyfriends or foreigners here to work or find an alternative lifestyle. And if they haven't come because of that, the perception is still, in this not totally liberated society, that they must have. One woman commented to me how the Irish abroad always hanker to return - they sing their songs and weep into their inferior foreign Guinness. Perhaps it reflects on the ultimately engaging quality of this country how few of the interviewees want to go back where they came from. Beautiful, exasperating Ireland. It gets under your skin.(Susan Knight) 260 pages. 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.1 cm. Seller Inventory # 6514

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