The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies

Book - 2016
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Explores salvation, shame, and the legacy of Ireland's attitudes toward sex and family as it is reflected in the lives of a teen drug dealer, his alcoholic father, a prostitute who feigns a religious conversion, an exiled murderer, and her gangster son.
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804189064
0804189064
Branch Call Number: FIC MCINERNEY, LISA
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm

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HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

I can't relate to the other commenters here and maybe it's because I lived in Cork for awhile and get the undercurrent of post Celtic-Tiger cynicism. I loved "Glorious Heresies" both as a portrait of modern (i.e. not quaint) Ireland and as a great twist on the prototypical gangster novel. It may not be deep but it's very entertaining.

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theequ1nn
Dec 22, 2016

Take a Martin Amis book such as London Fields, turn it into a comedy , with superficial characters, and viola , this. Amazing what passes for lit these days. The dumbing down of the today's readers.

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AnnaTheGreat
Nov 14, 2016

So sorry I chose this book to read. My time is precious. I feel like the hype on this book was completely unwarranted. If this was all I knew of Ireland I would avoid the country and all it's people. Depressing...vulgar.. hopelessness abounds. Awful. Can you rate a book 0 stars for "avoid at all cost"?

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uncommonreader
Oct 22, 2016

Disappointing. There were better books on the Bailey's short list. This novel, set in Cork, tells of the city's underclass and underworld. The characters' traits were not consistent with their actions and overall, the story seemed superficial. It took too long to tell its story and got lost halfway through.

robertafsmith Sep 08, 2016

Roberta's Pick. New to my Book Group - that is correct, we don't just read "ladies literature"! Sex, Drugs, Murder, Bad Language and the underbelly of life in Cork, written in a style that careens around and is very funny indeed. Winner 2016: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Staff Pickles

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julesw100
Jun 08, 2016

Winner 2016: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

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