Need to know what happened to Charlie and the rest of your siblings hope they too found happiness after such a harrowing start. It is raw and honest in it's telling and shows Martha's strength, bravery and is a testament of her unbreakable spirit. I hate to say anything even remotely negative after the life this woman has lived. Thank you for sharing your story so beautifully. 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.
But Martha pines for simple affection, keeping after the Sisters day after day with the hope of an arm laid across her shoulders or a tender look. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe--everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. I could not put either of the first 2 books down and greatly anticipate the arrival of the 3rd. 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. She must find her own way. Just as May said earlier, I just wanted to take Martha home, run her a nice bath, feed her and put her into a nice, warm soft clean little bed.
Martha Long was born in Dublin in the early 1950s and still lives there today. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe--everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. I was completely taken back by how much such a small child had to go through. Wishing you all the happiness life can bring you, you deserve it so much. . I cannot wait to find out what happens to Martha and the childre, please fasttrack the sequel!! Thanks again for sharing your story.
I cant wait for Ma, Im getting meself a new mammy. 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. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe-- everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. I can not wait to go and buy the follow up book as i need to find out what happened to Charlie and Martha when she had her education. Control code ocn869376622 Dimensions unknown Edition First Seven Stories Press edition. Here she learns what life is like away from the cruel streets of Dublin, but life is still not easy for young Martha. Add to the hormonal blitzkrieg of puberty all of Martha's particular developmental deficits - her lack of socialization skills, emotional controls, idealization reserves and propensity for basic trust - and we are catapulted, as readers, into the true ordeal she confronted in that convent as she faced, for the first time, a circumstance in which it was profoundly important to find a way to fit in.
Even dressed in many layers I constantly felt the cold and damp — my heart goes out to a little girl who had to endure that kind of weather without proper clothing or a full belly. 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. Please let me no when it will be available in New zealand? Rarely I am so engrossed in a book that I can actually feel myself in a house or shivering in the cold or running to the shops. She enjoys being with the babies as their attention is unconditional but of course that's not allowed to last as she's more use scrubbing and cleaning. It seems strange that this kind of abuse only took place 50 years ago when my own mother was a child, it seems like another world to me. She can't shake the 'street kid' tag so ends up pretty much on her own again, landed with all the menial work, little schooling and a figure of ridicule to kids who feel they are superior to her.
Hope your now living happy life and not still haunted by your past memories. Thanks for sharing with your adoring fans. Well done Martha Regards Diane. Reading the book i had to keep checking the year. As a 'street' child though she is never totally one of the group and the nuns treat her as an unpaid servant. After numerous arrests for shoplifting, a judge rules that she is to be sent to a convent school with the instruction that she is to get an education.
Have to read it need to know what happened to you I stayed up till the early hours to finish your first book. Ma covers Martha's early teenage years, living away from her abusive stepfather, lonely in a teeming convent school. Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes was passed to me by a friend, I read a few pages trying to get into the Irish brogue; then put the book back down to wait 2 weeks for my holiday. If there is any justice in this world those that did you wrong will have a hell of a life! I could not put this book down and finished it in 2 days!! I just finished the first book today. Just as the first installment was told from the eye of a seven-year-old girl, so is this second expressed from the vantage of a teen.
I saw bits of me in the book, and always thought I had a bad upbringing, like Martha ending up in a home etc at the age of 12 but not anymore. What makes this memoir extraordinary is the author's approach. My dad died when i was 7 and mum had very little but she looked after us. But throughout everything, Martha is just a little girl looking for some love, affection and comfort in life like any child of that age would. Her initial relief at escaping the abuse and neglect she suffered at home is, however, short-lived, as she soon realises there are many forms of cruelty in this life.
I just want to know know more and more about her. I wonder if she ever had any feelings, she appears to be severely lacking in the normal maternal department and would have done better to leave her little girl at the orphanage. James was right, you have courage and thank god you did as you may not have survived any of it. Want to know who Charlie and the other children got on with their lives, no mother should treat or let people treat you and the other children the way she did. I wanted to kick jacksers head in.