Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Braid by Helen Frost

The Braid is a story about two Scottish sisters, living on the western island of Barra in the 1850s. They alternate points of view through connected narrative poems and recount their experiences after their family is effectively evicted and separated with one sister accompanying their parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada, and the other staying behind with relatives on the small island of Mingulay. Each sister carries a length of the other's hair braided with her own. The braid connects them to each other when they are worlds away from each other and reminds them of who they used to be before the family was cast out and separated.

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