The Glorious Heresies of Lisa McInerney... a wonderful reading at Kennys Bookshop
- 02 July 2015
According to Joseph O'Connor in The Irish Times, "this strong, confident debut is ... an accomplished, seriously enjoyable and high-octane morality tale, full of empathy, feeling and soul". Lisa "has a juicy way with a phrase" and this comes to life in her reading - enjoy!
Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family. Lisa McInerney, creator of The Glorious Heresies, fitful short stories, and the occasional gourmet crisp sandwich.
Here's a writer who's totally and unmistakably the real deal and whose every page pulses with vim and vitality and mad twisty insights and terrific description and with real tenderness, too. Kevin Barry
A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel from an immensely skilled storyteller with a glorious passion for words. I loved it. Joseph O'Connor
A gripping and often riotously funny tale . . . McInerney gifts us a memorable cast that are tough as nails, savagely articulate, and helplessly human. Colin Barrett
A real stunner; a wild ride of a read. Donal Ryan
About 'The Glorious Heresies'
One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight . . .