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Well worth it
I've loaned it to three other people who've also found it an excellent read, if painful in parts. I'll re read it again and again.
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Posted March 13, 2010
Better than I expected
I picked this up on a whim when I needed a few books on CD for a long drive. This book turned out to be much better than I'd expected, with full development of a suspenseful plot within a thoughtful memoir. The references to 1950s America are excellent. Having grown up in the 1960s, I still recall the echos of the America the author describes. I'll recommend it to friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Not Your Usual Memoir
This was one of the "staff picks" from my local library, and I've never been led wrong going with staff recommended books. I also was interested in the story because I grew up in a suburb of Hartford (Manchester, CT), have remained in the general area, knew a few "working stiffs" who made a career at Abbott Ball, and am familiar with a number of things that Mary Anne Tirone Smith referred to. I, too, grew up reading the Hartford Courant and Hartford Times--although my family had one more paper in the mix, the Manchester Evening Herald. (And, like Mary Anne, I read the funnies first, too.) I, too,enjoyed weddings where hoopi shoopi was a familiar refrain. I, too, remember a time when a strong and unquestinoed Catholic upbringing was ingrained. And even though I never had to experience life with a challenging, autistic family member, Tirone-Smith shares life with her brother in a whimsical way through the eyes of a child who has learned to adapt because she does not know life in any other way. And so, in reading this memoir, so many pleasant or at least familiar nostalgic thoughts came to mind. But then, Tirone-Smith does an excellent and foreboding job of slowly and methodically introducing a separate storyline biography of a dangerous psychopathic individual whose violence toward her childhood friend, Irene, ultimately severs the story and brings to an abrupt end what otherwise might have been an idyllic childhood memoir. Tirone-Smith weaves a very readable and moving memoir that serves as a fitting tribute to Irene, and serves as a reminder of just how precious life is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.