James Joyce would have understood Amber in Fiona McGarvey’s Kenny Women. He would have understood the social circumstances of the ugliness that finds her as well as her lassitude toward it. Although the story is hard going, it is rewarding due to its honesty and the quiet strength of McGarvey’s prose.
Q: If the story was longer, would Amber follow the same pattern of existence lived by her mother and grandmother, as though it were an inescapable fate?
Q: Did writing such a hard piece affect you personally?