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Now in paperback: THE GLORIOUS HERESIES by Lisa McInerney

Winner of the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize

Now in paperback: THE GLORIOUS HERESIES by Lisa McInerney

The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney
  • Imprint: Tim Duggan Books
  • On sale: May 9, 2017
  • Price: $16.00
  • Pages: 416
  • ISBN: 9780804189071
Contact: Rebecca Welbourn

Praise for The Glorious Heresies




“Drugs, booze, obscenity, violence and black humor fuel Lisa McInerney’s audacious first novel. . . . The Glorious Heresies is impressive for its moral complexity, and for the energy and virtuosity of its language: a strange, pleasing music that lingers in your mind.” —The New York Times

“A bleak, powerful novel . . . darkly comic . . . McInerney writes an energetic, profane prose laced with the vibrant idiom of Cork street life.” —The Washington Post

“A wonderfully offbeat voice . . . McInerney’s characters aren’t what anyone would call saints, but they’re so richly drawn you have to respect the way they think and sympathize with their moral conflicts.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Lisa McInerney’s first novel takes off like a house on fire and doesn’t stop until it has singed the reader’s heart. Love, crime, and cockeyed redemption meet on a hardscrabble housing estate in County Cork, Ireland, in a rare blend of heartbreak and humour. . . . Ms. McInerney is a writer to watch.” The Economist

“McInerney’s debut won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and you can see why from the first page. Her lively, unexpected prose brings these characters—and the crucible of their surroundings—to life.” —

“The novel’s searing take on contemporary Cork is elegantly leavened by empathy and humor. . . . McInerney’s characters are vibrantly drawn, richly rendered, and wonderfully full of surprises.” —Boston Globe

“Wonderful . . . What could be a grim tale is lifted by McInerney’s eye for black comedy. . . . I would highly recommend it for the sheer musicality of the language.” —The Paris Review Daily

“A smart and sharp tale of Ireland’s fringe inhabitants, The Glorious Heresies only cements its author’s esteemed reputation as one of her nation’s most brilliant novelists.” —Refinery29

Lisa McInerney has been hailed as “arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today” (The Irish Times) and her arresting debut novel, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES (May 9, 2017; Tim Duggan Books), now out in paperback and set in the shadowy landscape of the Cork underworld, has been greeted with a wave of stunning international acclaim, including winning the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. McInerney’s short stories have been featured on BBC Radio 4 and in Granta, The Stinging Fly, and the anthologies The Long Gaze Back and Faber’s Town and Country. She lives in Galway with her husband and daughter.

In this gritty, darkly comic novel, McInerney crafts a twisted web of shifting loyalties and betrayals while interrogating notions of salvation, shame, and the legacy of Ireland’s past attitudes toward sex and family. She quietly explores money, violence, and the unbreakable bonds we form with one another through the story of one accidental murder and its rippling effects on five people who exist on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society.

Maureen, the unapologetic murderer of an interloper in her kitchen, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most feared gangster in the city. One of his henchmen, Tony, is an alcoholic whose entanglement with his meddlesome next-door neighbor threatens to ruin him and his family—including his son, Ryan, a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate to forge a new life for himself and his beloved girlfriend. And Georgie, a prostitute and former girlfriend of the man Maureen murdered, decides to look into his disappearance, with dangerous repercussions. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins from her past, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has built and bring the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight.

Written with McInerney’s unmistakable voice and undeniable heart (and enough violence to rival playwright Martin McDonagh), THE GLORIOUS HERESIES shines a light on the darkest corners of contemporary Ireland and still manages to find good in people, regardless of profession or place in society. Biting, candid, and darkly funny, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES marks the arrival of one of the most original new voices in contemporary fiction, a book whose lyrical prose and expansive, generous vision instantly establish it as a classic of Irish literature.

Additional Praise for The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies is a blisteringly good debut which manifests the true coming of a brilliant new energy in Irish fiction. It’s a love story which captures perfectly the feeling of what it is to be young and bowled over by the beauty of another; it’s the story of a city, savage and hilarious and coursing deeper and deeper, with every page into that city’s dark veins. It’s so much more. It’s talent, undeniable and aglow.” —Belinda McKeon

“In the style of Colm Tóibín, there is great intensity to McInerney’s prose. . . . This gritty, urban character study will be perfect for readers favoring strong blends of literary and crime fiction, overlaid with striking dark comedy.” —Booklist

“Biting . . . McInerney displays a clear knack for dramatic flourish and witty turns of phrase.” —Publishers Weekly 

“A colorful, ambitious first outing.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“This book is a riot. . . . McInerney’s sentences are like snowballs rolling down a hill, accumulating jokes and fecks and similes spun from pitch-black humor.” —Bomb

The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent.” —The Sunday Times (UK)

“A spectacular debut . . . Tough and tender, gothic and lyrical, it is a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel about a nation falling apart.” —The Telegraph (UK)

“Here’s a writer who’s totally and unmistakably the real deal and whose every page pulses with vim and vitality and mad twisty insights and terrific description and with real tenderness, too.” —Kevin Barry

“Fiendishly hilarious.” —The Times (UK)

“A rich, touching, hilarious novel.” —Financial Times

“A gripping and often riotously funny tale . . . McInerney gives us a memorable cast that is tough as nails, savagely articulate, and helplessly human.” —Colin Barrett

“A real stunner; a wild ride of a read.” —Donal Ryan

“A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel from an immensely skilled storyteller with a glorious passion for words. I loved it.” —Joseph O’Connor 

“McInerney has talent to burn.” —The Guardian (UK)

“A superb debut from a confident and comic writer.” —Mail on Sunday (UK)

“A big, brassy sexy beast of a book.” —The Irish Times

“This is a daring, exuberant, and generous novel. And a work to which you will want—eagerly—to return.” —The Observer (UK)

“Impressive and imaginative . . . a superb debut from a confident and comic writer with no fear of taking on serious material; McInerney is a new talent to watch out for.” —Irish Mail on Sunday

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