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Ma, I'm Gettin Meself a New Mammy
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MARTHA LONG was born in the 1950s in Dublin, where she lives to this day. She is the author of the eight-part "Ma" series of memoirs, which have been best-sellers in the UK and Ireland. In 2014 Long published her first novel, Run, Lily, Run. A self-proclaimed "middle-aged matron," she has successfully reared three children.

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"The destruction of our common humanity through the manipulation of imposed poverty, misogyny, alcoholism and drug abuse, is a major source of our misery, world-wide; and has been for a long time. Reading this startling testament to one child's valiant attempts to live until the age of sixteen (four years to go!) is a worthy reminder that we can do better as adults if we turn to embrace the children who are suffering, anywhere on earth, who are coming toward us, their numbers increasing daily, for help." --Alice Walker "Coming-of-age hardships skillfully recounted by way of the colloquial Irish tongue." --Kirkus Reviews "Beautifully written and packed with detail. Miraculously, Martha is attuned to the simple wonders of the world around her: a BBC radio music program, young nuns having a snowball fight. It's a world she is determined to become a part of just as soon as she is old enough to flee." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"One thing readers will notice is the unexpected theme of courage and hope throughout this dark, heart-breaking tale. This story was one of the most unique, surprisingly inspiring memoirs available." --Yahoo Voices

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