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Skin Paper Stone

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
‘People think that if they go far away they’ll leave the parts of themselves they don’t like behind. But it doesn’t work like that…’

Stevie moves to Galway to pursue her PhD and takes refuge in the city, and in her relationship with Joe Kavanagh, a charismatic but dispirited artist

Both are looking for something more, but struggle to navigate their way free from the claustro
Paperback, First, 250 pages
Published March 13th 2015 by New Island Books
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Margaret Madden
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
A mature student, a struggling artist and a small time drug dealer cross paths at a Galway house party and while their lives are all varied, they each have their own story to tell. Stevie is embarking on her PhD in medieval history and is hopeful that she can now begin to live her life in a broader sense. Joe (Kavanagh) is still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, despite completing an art degree. He has a mash-up of temporary jobs, a penchant for booze and weed and dreams
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
[SPOILER WARNING] This was an overall disappointing, and fairly frustrating, read. I’ll start with the positives though. Aside from some pretty egregious typos and editing mistakes (which is more so the fault of the publishing house than the author), Robinson does have a way with words. Her sentences are descriptive and not redundant, and her prose paints a vivid picture of the setting and characters of the work. I think it is because her prose is so lively that I was disappointed with how the c ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A clever and moving story, which nonetheless whitewashes the very real issues of food disorders and the entrapment of small towns. I was more than happy to have the protagonists have a happy ending, but I also couldn't help feeling like the whole thing was quite unrealistic, targeted towards appeasing the middle class, bourgeois consciousness. Still makes for a fun weekend read, though!
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Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Máire T. Robinson's début novel sensitively and warmly charts the trials and tribulations of growing up in modern day Ireland.

Skin Paper Stone is a touching narrative which focuses on the lives of two main characters. Stevie and Kavanagh are both approaching a crossroads in their lives, where comparisons with those around them become inevitable as they struggle to carve their own identity and meaning.

Stevie has just moved to Galway and is struggling with motivation during the first year of her m
Susan Lanigan
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edit to add full disclosure - I've met Robinson on several occasions. This has no effect on the review I'm about to give.

I am giving this book a five-star review not because it is perfect, but because it has more of the things I like to see in a book than many other novels I've read. In telling the story of Stevie, a young student who has survived anorexia and a stay in a mental health clinic and is now pursuing the history of Sheelagh-na-Gig in a university in Galway, Robinson enchants the read
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
“I don’t believe there’s one true path. There’s endless paths stretching out to infinity. You just have to choose one and walk down it and see where it leads. We’re all stumbling in the dark, but how we stumble is our choice, nobody else’s.”

So says Alex, a small-time drug dealer, in Máire T. Robinson’s debut novel Skin Paper Stone. Set in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, after the economic crash, the story revolves around a group of 20-somethings trying to find their rightful place in th
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a gem of a book! This novel centres around that 'neverwhen' time, where students who have been institutionalised their entire lives are now finally released into the wild with no road-map. Some retreat back to the safety of academia, while others lose their heads with the sudden rush of freedom and ultimately implode.

Set in my hometown of Galway, the characters are so true to life that I began to wonder if I knew some of them! The dialogue is perfectly on point in this coming of age story
Fiona Gillespie
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having lived eight years in Galway myself, this book really resonated with me. The people you see every day, the feeling that you'll never leave the city, the struggle of a PhD programme. I loved how real the characters were and how they lived their lives. The story progressed naturally and with ease. And I had a good few giggles at the few puns I came across! This is one I'll definitely read again.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, irish
I liked how it very much felt set in Galway from the descriptions and the way the characters spoke - and I've never even been! It's a sensitive book that casts no judgements about any of the characters. Everything that comes to light is unexpected, but also completely realistic.
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Máire was born in Dublin City at the tender age of zero. Since then, she's been trying to convince the world at large that her name isn’t Marie.

Máire is the author of novel Skin Paper Stone (New Island, 2015) and short story chapbook Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart (Doire Press, 2013).