“No more haunting memoir has been published this year” says Counterpunch about Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

November 19, 2012

Counterpunch gives a rave review of Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes, the first in a six-volume series by Martha Long about her childhood in the slums of 1950s Dublin.

“There are a few moments in this relentlessly bleak story when Martha believes that her life will get better, one brief period when it looks as if Sally has had enough abuse from Jackster that she can live without him, but mostly Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes chronicles one indignity after another: physical and sexual abuse, starvation, freezing from the cold, and—equally bleak—constantly suffering indignities from other children.  

More than anything else and in spite of the most overwhelming odds, Martha fights back—not with words or actions but with an ever active mind. This is a searing account of childhood survival.  No more haunting memoir has been published this year.”Read the full review by Charles R. Larson at Counterpunch.

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