Ma, Now I'm Goin Up in the World
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1960s
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Mar 26, 2019
5.5 x 8.2 x 1.16 in
Seven Stories Press
The next moving volume of the autobiographical Ma series—all bestsellers in the UK and Ireland—about a young woman’s coming of age in Dublin, told in an unforgettable voice.
Sixteen-year-old Martha’s luck is finally changing. Taken in by a kind young priest, Father Ralph Fitzgerald, and his wealthy mother, she gets a taste of “how the other half lives” and resolves to make a better life for herself once and for all. Soon she’s off to school to become a secretary: her ticket to a respectable middle-class existence. But even as her fortune improves—she has a roof over her head, food in her belly, and the freedom to do as she pleases—the love and community she has sought since she was a child continue to elude her. Her friendship with Father Ralph, the first person to make her feel truly special, may hold the key to her happiness. However, as their friendship becomes something more, Martha discovers that love can heal—but it can also hurt, deeply. In Ma, Now I’m Goin Up in the World, Martha navigates 1960s Ireland with her trademark compassion, optimism, and fiery strength. But will these traits be enough to see her through the greatest challenge of her life thus far?
Series Overview: A bestselling seven-book memoir of Long’s life in Dublin, beginning with her 1950s childhood filled with grief, abuse, and neglect but also sparkling with indomitable spirit.
All seven Ma books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the UK
Martha Long has 7000+ followers on Facebook and twitter
Alice Walker has written an introduction to this series
Told in a piercing vernacular—think Angela’s Ashes meets Anne Enright meets Irvine Welsh meets True History of the Kelly Gang
Reading group guide potential
Marketing: Goodreads Giveaway
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Author will promote on her Facebook and twitter feeds to 7000+ followers.
Promote to Book Clubs at bookstores
Ad in Reading Group Guide
Promotions/giveaways with Irish arts organizations
Pitch second serial excerpts to Reader’s Digest, Redbook, and other outlets.