LIFFEY LANE by Maura Laverty

LIFFEY LANE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unaffected, sometimes sentimental picture of a child of the Dublin slums, Chrissie, and a day in her life. Her mother, insensitive to the girl's ambition to stay in school, her brother, whose love of gambling blinds him to his responsibilities to his family, both have some measure of Chrissie's love, but her adoration is for Kevin, the unwanted little boy. It is for him she steals, and is overwhelmed by her sense of guilt, during the deliveries of her papers, but both theft and guilt are dissolved as she visits with her customers, and in return for her small innocence, early maturity, maternal focus, she has her rewards from her friends. There are the stories of the customers along Liffey Lane -- their lives make a background for Chrissie's problems, anxieties and past history. A picture of slum life that is revealing in its evidence of the vitality of the Catholic church, and the message of faith, and that has some quiet charm.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1947
Publisher: Longmans, Green