Every March for the last four years I have read and posted mostly on Irish short stories. I have done Q and A sessions with lots of Irish writers. My respect for Irish literature is tremendous. Galway, Ireland is one of the world's most productive literary cities. This year I am reading a lot of European classics, works from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, Balzac's Comedie Humaine, Eastern European Literature as well as continuing on in Post Colonial Asian Fiction but I have far from forgotten the Irish. I might wander away but I will always return.
Yesterday I was looking an excellent collection of short stories edited and introduced by Kevin Barry, Town and Country - Irish Short Stories for something to read. Happily for me I read "Saturday, Boring" by Lisa McInerney, from Galway. "Saturday, Boring" centers on two fifteen year old girls, best friends, out of the house for a Saturday afternoon. The conversation centers on the decision of one of the girls to have first ever for her sex with her boyfriend. Having three daughters 16, 19, and 21 this story hit home for me as being about the very last things a father wants to contemplate. It makes me think of all those no-school days when the girls are going out with their friends and their mother or I would ask them where they were going and they would simply reply "Out". When asked what they are going to do they, of course, reply "Oh, nothing".
The girl's conversation rings totally true. McInerney handles the dialogues perfectly. The friend quizes her friend as to why she wants to take this big step. As to be expected, it is not a well thought out plan. They talk about what it will be like and how the boy will act toward her after it is over. A big fear is that he will tell what happened all town, especially at school. The girls talk about their limited sexual experiences. The friend tries to offer advice and tries to get the other girl to promise to tell her all about what happens.
McInerney in just a few pages lets us see into the families of the girls, their home life and what can happen on a boring Saturday. I very much look forward to reading her forthcoming debut novel, The Glorious Heresies soon