Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper - review by Paloma Van Tol

Paloma Van Tol

One Fish Town

Our Homesick Songs


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Big Running in Newfoundland has been all but emptied of its inhabitants. Townsfolk have left this one-time fishing village to seek work further west, where the land is more populated and jobs ‘helping power the whole country’ are readily available. The Connor family is close to all that remains on this island of ‘always-there wind and always-there wave’, living a solitary and simple life amid the vast expanses of water and snow. What emerges from this environment are the makings of myth and seaman’s tales.

Emma Hooper, a musician and research lecturer in music at the University of Bath, has used her craft and knowledge to weave together a plot mindful of narrative’s oral and lyrical beginnings, integrating folk tale and song into her work and blurring the boundaries between story-of-old and her

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