As Long as it Takes

9780992648510-Perfect-MH cropped FRONT COVERby Maria C. McCarthy


As Long as it Takes 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.

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Touched and impressed by hard-won truths and restrained emotional precision of As Long as it Takes. An excellent book. Definitely recommended. 

Charles Lambert, author of With a Zero at its Heart  (The Friday Project, 2014)

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