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The Celestial Realm

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"Phil doesn't like physical affection. She doesn't love you because you don't exist. She doesn't care if you have something important coming up. A busy week, a daunting appointment, a divorce, because she believes the world is going to end in the morning. Every morning."

Having grown up visiting her grandmother in various psychiatric hospitals, Molly Hennigan began writing about the gaps in and intimacies of her relationship with this matriarch. Tracing the organic path of her grandmother's experience to her great-grandmother's time in Irish metal hospitals, she explores her own family trauma and what it means to be an unconventional woman in a society that values conformity.

About the author










Molly Hennigan was born in 1994 in Dublin. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, Tolka and The Pig's Back. She lives in Galway. This is her first collection of essays.

Summary

"Phil doesn't like physical affection. She doesn't love you because you don't exist. She doesn't care if you have something important coming up. A busy week, a daunting appointment, a divorce, because she believes the world is going to end in the morning. Every morning."

Having grown up visiting her grandmother in various psychiatric hospitals, Molly Hennigan began writing about the gaps in and intimacies of her relationship with this matriarch. Tracing the organic path of her grandmother's experience to her great-grandmother's time in Irish mental hospitals, she explores her own family trauma and what it means to be an unconventional woman in a society that values conformity.

Foreword

A young woman's exploration of intergenerational trauma and the devastating effects of mental ill health brings her to new realisations and hope for the future.

Report

''In The Celestial Realm Molly Hennigan excavates family and social history in electrically eloquent prose, finding profound insight and flashes of grounding humour in even the most potentially overwhelming, dark material. A defiant, deeply powerful book' Colin Barrett author of Young Skins and Homesickness

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