The first review of As Long as it Takes , Maria C McCarthy’s collection of stories about Irish women living in England, is published on London Grip. Fiona Sinclair writes:
The Catholic Church, it is shown, has a long reach […] This is best seen in the matter of sex where it seems original sin is laid firmly at the feet of women. Stories such as ‘More Katherine than Audrey’ reveal the tensions of the father- daughter relationship. Fathers believe that girls go to England ‘for the boys’ not to better themselves by training as nurses. And when girls become pregnant out of wedlock – as in the case of the tale ‘Biddy’ where the central character is raped by an employer – the sense of shame is overwhelming. McCarthy has done her research well, for it is revealed that such girls were often hidden away for fear of bringing shame on their families: ‘’I’d heard about girls back home being sent away and never seen again if they got into trouble.’’
Fiona Sinclair ends her review:
Whilst this is a collection of short stories focusing particularly on the lives of Irish women, their struggles are in fact universal. This is a celebration of women with indomitable spirits who are devoted to their families and above all are survivors.
Read the full review on London Grip.
Buy As Long as it Takes here.