Texas Fried Chicken, abject misery and a one-way Ryanair ticket.
Everyone hates Iona. Everyone except Pingu. Fitting in is hard
when one of you can’t shut up and your silent best friend wears a tuxedo
to school every day. Sick of the ceaseless bullying and despair, Iona
and Pingu decide to get the hell out of Dublin.
Turns out that emigrating is a great way to get noticed by the cool
kids. Loving the attention, Iona is drunk on her new-found popularity
until she discovers she’s messed with the wrong crowd. In a world where
reputation must be defended tooth and nail, this can only end in
disaster for all involved.
From Kylie Jenner lip kits to Lucozade, this is a fresh, modern look at
what it means to be young in Ireland today. Shortlisted for the
Papatango New Writing Prize, Lisa Carroll’s sharp and sparkling debut
dissects the true cost of belonging, and refflects on how hard it is to
break away from the place you grew up.