The Colony

by Audrey Magee

Amid the backdrop of the raging Irish Civil War, two foreigners, one English, one French, come to a remote island off the coast of Ireland. Most of the islanders are wary of the two, some welcome them and still others are indifferent to them. Regardless, the two remain locked in their colonial history by disregarding the people upon whose land they trod. I loved this thoughtful, wise book – the simple dialogue is razor sharp and the story slowly shines a light on the lasting effects of colonialism.