Cells: Brutally honest dissection of familial conflict and its aftermath
Gavin McCrea’s almost surgical appraisal of his family is shrouded in suspicions around emotional inheritance
“I had realised that, if I was going to survive in this world, I had to get far away from my mother, from this room, from this house, from Ireland . . . I understood that my going would be for good: once gone, I would never return,” Gavin McCrea writes in his soul-baring memoir.
For McCrea, leaving Ireland was an explicit repudiation of his past. He lived abroad for nearly two decades and returned ...