Keith Ridgway | Critical Review by Publishers Weekly

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Critical Review by Publishers Weekly

SOURCE: Review of The Long Falling, in Publishers Weekly, January 26, 1998, p. 67.

[In the following review, the critic opines that Ridgway's characters' tendency toward excessive imperviousness and heartlessness "may leave readers cold".]

Set in Ireland, this grim debut follows a middle-aged woman on her doomed escape from her abusive, alcoholic husband. Grace Quinn's husband (a deliberate symbol of male brutality who's never identified by a given name) beats her, and his bullying has already banished their younger son, Martin, from their home after the boy's confession that he is gay. One evening, Grace makes an extreme, shocking bid for freedom and flees their small rural town for Dublin. Ironically, she arrives there during the furor that surrounded the real-life 1992 "X Case," in which a 13-year-old rape victim was prevented from traveling to England for an abortion. When her son in turn...

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