American Outsider: Stories from the Irish Traveller Diaspora by Micheal O'hAodha, TFoy Vernon, With Micheal O'Haodha
Of all of the world's countries, America is the one that we all think we know. World globalization and the dominance of English language and American idiom makes us secure in our knowledge of what the United States is and who her people are. This book jettisons all such pre-conceptions. It affords a window on the American experience that eschews many of the hackneyed representations of old. It throws back the curtains on the hidden lives of a people who quietly live along the dusty weave of a Mid-West highway. Small towns, woods and wayside stops. Like passengers in the rear of the truck, we are brought on a journey of life as it is lived for the quintessential people of the road-the Irish-American Pavees (Travellers). This book is a small glimpse of a distinct culture, language and a way of life. As bravely-written as it is unique, this is the story of a people who have lived in the shadows of rumour, hearsay and a hot summer sun. Strange, yet familiar. These are the shy migrants of the nameless road.
T. Foy Vernon is an Irish-American Traveller of mixed Irish and Scottish descent. He has worked as a Tradesmen, Auto Mechanic, School Teacher and Advertising Executive. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and children in a proud Gammon/Cant speaking household. Dr. Micheal O'hAodha lectures in the Department of History and Comparative Literature at the University of Limerick. He has published widely on the history and culture of Irish migrants and the Irish Diaspora. Amongst his recent books is: Irish Travellers: Representations and Realities; Dublin: Liffey Press (2006).