The Glorious Heresies

A Novel

by Lisa McInerney

From Lisa McInerney, hailed by The Irish Times as “arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today,” comes The Glorious Heresies, a searing debut novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society.       
            When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits struggling against their meager circumstances. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony, whose feud with his next-door neighbor threatens to ruin his family. Georgie is a sex worker who half-heartedly joins a born-again movement to escape her profession and drug habit. And Jimmy Phelan, the most fearsome gangster in the city and Maureen’s estranged son, finds that his mother’s bizarre attempts at redemption threaten his entire organization.
            Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places.

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The Glorious Heresies

Andrea book

4.5 Stars

This story really caught my interest. I really enjoyed the main character Ryan, who is 15 years old. I liked that the Ryan believed that Karine D'Arcy was…

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The Glorious Hersies

Danielle Urban

4 Stars

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney is quite a read. There's a lot of realistic issues happening within the plot. The charcaters have tough struggles that can send their worlds spiraling downward. Ranging from drugs to sex plus violence,…

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what a sad and deeply depressing novel

Catherine Thompson

5 Stars

It almost reminded me of the Magdalen girls but that is where it stopped being anything like that great book . This one was sad and depressing to say the least . So the main character gives birth to the head of the cork crime family and that…

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Book Review - The Glorious Heresies A Novel by Lisa McInerney

Nick Soto

4.5 Stars

Maureen Phelan is surprised by an stranger when someone breaks in. She uses the Holy Stone to attack the intruder. As with the Butterfly effect, this one incident ends up causing consequences for four other society misfits. Each of the…

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Glorious Heresies

Denice Barker

1.5 Stars

I am sorry, but I tried.  Apparently I am the only one who doesn't love this book but I find it very hard to follow the characters. I feel like a spread sheet is necessary.  I love the language, I love the idea but I am struggling…

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