The Rainbow Singer
Hyperion, 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
imon Kerr is a consummate storyteller. One can almost feel fourteen-year-old Protestant Wil Carson's emotions as he battles his way through being born and raised to hate
(Catholics) in Northern Ireland. Wil is sent to Milwaukee with a group of kids - both Catholic and Protestant - as part of an effort to foster unity between the two religious communities. Events turn sour almost at the outset. Spurned advances by a
girl lead to all out warfare and, ultimately, tragedy.
il is left to a lifetime, in which he works to unearth his true feelings and the reasons he is where he is. He feels that we are strongly defined as a product of our parents, and their parents before them, and so on back to the beginning of time. Wil wrestles with the teachings of his parents and their effect on his life. Kerr undoubtedly remembers his own adolescence as he depicts Wil's so clearly for the reader.
he Rainbow Singer
is a story that will linger in your mind long after you have read the last page.
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