Title: Love Music Drugs War
Author: Geralindine Quigley
Pages: 288 Pages
Publisher: Fig Tree
A tender, devastating coming-of-age debut novel about friendship, innocence and war
The end of the school year is approaching, and siblings Paddy and Liz McLaughlin, Christy Meehan, Kevin Thompson and their friends will soon have to decide what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives. But it’s hard to focus when there’s the allure of their favourite hangout place, the dingy ‘Cave’, where they go to drink and flirt and smoke. Most days, Christy, Paddy and Kevin lie around listening to Dexys and Joy Division. Through a fog of marijuana, beer and budding romance, the future is distant and unreal.
But this is Derry in 1981, and they can’t ignore the turmoil of the outside world. A friend is killed, and Christy and Paddy, stunned out of their stupor, take matters into their own hands. Some choices are irreversible, and choosing to fight will take hold of their lives in ways they never imagined.
With humour and compassion, Geraldine Quigley reveals the sometimes slippery reasons behind the decisions we make, and the unexpected and intractable ways they shape our lives.
Love Music Drugs War is a book set in Ireland during the height of the troubles. It is about the disaffected nature of youth coupled with the onset of punk music and how easily people can slip through the net to become involved in situations much bigger and scarier than they can comprehend.
Quigley cleverly juxtaposes the relationships at the centre of the story alongside the threat of war with the mundanity of everyday life. She shows how the troubles in Ireland were just so normalised that you couldn’t separate them from your formative years in this backdrop.
Love Music Drugs War is an interesting fictional social document but works best when showing Ireland during this period rather than the focus on the relationships of fictions characters,
Love Music Drugs War by Graldine Quigley is available now.
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