One Room an Everywhere (2003)
A novel by Catherine Phil MacCarthy.
When Eve moves from Ireland to London to work in publishing, she becomes involved with Patrick. She meets his daughter, the fiery teenage Kate, and recalls her own outrage caused by the disappearance of a father and the silence that surrounded his absence. Her desire for self-discovery and independence in London, along with new-found passion and tenderness, yields intense drama as the past begins to trouble the present.
Lyrical and moving, this debut novel from acclaimed Irish writer Catherine Phil MacCarthy, is an intimate and subtle exploration of the explosive and often fateful territory of love and desire. (Blackstaff Press)Back to the top
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The Irish Times
‘The traditional narrative of sexual liberation in England dictates that it should all end in tears, with the embittered woman being returned to home ground and returning wiser, or pregnant (or both.) But this debut novel takes the story in new directions, by exploring the emotional consequences and difficulties of marital breakdown, particularly for children… The denouement is both gripping and surprising…’
— Claire Hutton, Irish Times
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‘MacCarthy has written a modern and literary love story, one that’s subtle and small, but with great resonance. She has set a strong benchmark for her future work and for other writers.’
— Rose Martin, Irish ExaminerBack to the top