Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (Paperback)

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    Frank McCourt returned to America when he was nineteen. For many years, he was an English teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. The sequel to Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, will be published in the fall of 1999. McCourt lives in Connecticut.
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

    “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

    So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

    Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

    Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.


    ISBN 9780684842677
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Format Paperback
    Pages 363
    Publisher Date 1999-05-25 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Scribner
    Copyright Year 1998
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.75 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Memoir
    Audience General/trade
    Authors McCourt, Frank

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      A heartwrench memoir of a troubled childhood. Frank McCourts memoir is wonderful. A must read for anyone.

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