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Author Long, Martha (Irish author)

Title Ma, I'm gettin meself a new mammy : a memoir of Dublin at the turn of the 1960s / Martha Long.

Publication Info. New York : Seven Stories Press, 2014.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  941.835 LON    AVAILABLE
Edition First Seven Stories Press edition.
Description 336 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Sequel to: Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes.
Subtitle from spine.
"First Published in Great Britain in 20089 by Mainstream Publishing Company, Edinburgh."--Title page verso.
Summary "After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally, but anxious about what awaits. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe--everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. But as she says, "You can have a full belly, but your heart can be very empty." Put to back-breaking work by the nuns, and treated cruelly by the other children--they've marked her as a "street kid"--Martha works hard, keeps to herself, and steals away when she can with a cherished book. When her siblings arrive at the convent--taken from their mother by the courts--Martha is thrilled to again be with family and care for the babies. But then Sally and Jackser arrive to take the children home and beg Martha to return and help care for the kids. Martha makes a wrenching decision to stay behind, knowing with an unnatural foresight for such a young girl that they will all drag her down and possibly out forever. She must find her own way."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Long, Martha -- Childhood and youth.
Abused children -- Ireland -- Dublin -- Biography.
Poor children -- Ireland -- Dublin -- Biography.
Catholic schools -- Ireland.
Dublin (Ireland) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Dublin (Ireland) -- Biography.
Added Title Ma, I am gettin meself a new mammy
Ma, I'm getting myself a new mommy
Ma, I am getting myself a new mommy
Memoir of Dublin at the turn of the ninety-sixties
ISBN 9781609805012 hardback
1609805011 hardback

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