Saturday, May 29th, 2021 - 11 minutes
Schoolteacher and first time author Fiona Scarlett chats to Trina Mara about her debut novel "Boys Don't Cry". Marian Keyes read the book and said "I can't remember ever reading anything so moving....it's so beautiful".
Joe is 17, a gifted artist and a brilliant older brother to 12 year old Finn. They live with their ma and da in a Dublin tower block. It's not an easy place to be a kid, especially when your father Frank is the muscle for a notorious gang leader. Joe works hard to show Finn life beyond the concrete yard below their flat. He is determined not to become like his da. But when Finn falls ill, Joe finds his convictions harder to cling to. With his father now in prison, his mother submerged in her grief and his relationships with friends and classmates crumbling, Joe has to figure out how to survive without becoming what the world around him expects him to be.