“People have scars. In all sorts of unexpected places. Like secret roadmaps of their personal histories. Diagrams of all their old wounds. Most of our wounds heal, leaving nothing behind but a scar. But some of them don’t. Some wounds we carry with us everywhere and though the cut’s long gone, the pain still lingers.”
Conor Donnan’s wounds from his childhood growing up in war-torn Northern Ireland during the “Troubles” don’t seem to go away and the pain is as fresh today as if a cut just occurred, serving as a roadmap to his personal history. His history isn’t history. It’s still very real.