Maria will be reading from her collection of short stories; ‘As long as it takes’, the book gives voice to the lost generation of Irish women who sailed to England to look for work in the middle of the twentieth century. Maura Flaherty and her daughters struggle with identity, belonging, love, sexuality and grief – and dilemmas such as whether to like punk or Elvis.
With no concessions to nostalgia or sentimentality, this deeply moving and beautifully written book, by a second-generation Irish writer, tells the interwoven stories of an immigrant family. Maria C. McCarthy skilfully weaves the historical and cultural significance of Anglo-Irish relations into a half-century of family life.
‘Dark, impeccably minimalistic stories about immigrant Irish mothers and their English-born daughters.’ Martina Evans, author of Petrol (Anvil 2012)
‘Maria C. McCarthy knows how to tell this complex story, and she tells it with humanity and imagination. The thoughts, speech and actions of her characters make them intensely alive.’ Susan Wicks, author of A Place to Stop (Salt 2012)
‘…a well-made and thoughtful collection of linked short stories on the theme of Irish migration. The stories are subtle and sophisticated, the characters well drawn and the world they occupy made vivid for the reader.’ Stewart Brown, author of Tourist, Traveller, Troublemaker: Essays on Poetry (Peepal Tree Press 2007)
There will also be music from Bob Carling and an open mic.
Maria C McCarthy: guest author at Roundabout Nights
1 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. (Free.)
Upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, ME4 6RJ
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