Fathers Come First
By: Rosita Sweetman
Publication Date: October 2014
Rosita Sweeman’s Fathers Come First is a coming-of-age classic set against a Dublin-city backdrop. Elizabeth is both gauche and perspicacious, walking the edge of her stereotypes while hobbled by the pressures of acceptance – social, physical and sexual. In a world informed by a Catholic upbringing, she wonders whether her indiscretions belong in the letterbox or the confession box.
Curious, unflinching and disarmingly honest, teenager turned twenty-something Lizzie speaks to the changes and continuities in Irish society across forty years. Fathers Come First is a novel as relevant today as when it was first published.
‘This book is more pertinent than ever, because 40 years on, women are still confused about sex and destiny. And fathers still come first – in the political sphere, the artistic sphere.’ – Anne Harris, The Sunday Independent.
‘Recently reissued by Lilliput to mark the book’s 40th anniversary, Sweetman’s only novel is an engaging and painfully honest account of a young woman trying to find her feet in the shifting, seedy society of seventies Dublin.‘ – The Irish Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rosita Sweetman has been a campaigner for women’s rights since the seventies and is the author of Fathers Come First, On Our Backs and On Our Knees. Her work regularly appears in the Irish Times.