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.
A bit more violent than I was expecting and tied to together with a humor that is decidedly Irish, Lisa McInerney's Glorious Heresies is a brilliant read. It's the written equivalent of being a fly on the neighbors wall. It all feels so very real and gritty that you can get lost in the story.I read this thinking it was going to be similar to Ghosts of Belfast but I would say that while they are in a similar vein they stand out very sharply from each other. There is a lightness the Glorious Heresies has even with all the grim and grit. It keeps the story from being completely devastating and heavy. If you enjoy reading fiction about "real" people than this one is definitely for you.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback from Blogging for Books*