Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America

Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America

by Maureen Waters
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815606826

ISBN-13: 9780815606826

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Maureen Waters began writing about the Bronx in the spirit of dinnseachas, Irish place lore, as a means of recuperating from the accidental death of her son, whose story frames her own. Finding her way through the disorienting 1960s, after a girlhood tutored by nuns and inspired by the Holy Ghost, she set out on a kind of spiritual journey to recover what was valuable

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Maureen Waters began writing about the Bronx in the spirit of dinnseachas, Irish place lore, as a means of recuperating from the accidental death of her son, whose story frames her own. Finding her way through the disorienting 1960s, after a girlhood tutored by nuns and inspired by the Holy Ghost, she set out on a kind of spiritual journey to recover what was valuable and life-sustaining in the Irish Catholic experience left behind. Writing it meant coming to terms with powerful matriarchal voices that inspired both affection and immobilizing guilt. Ultimately, Crossing Highbridge is a tribute to her father, for whom storytelling was an art of healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815606826
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Irish Studies Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
149
Product dimensions:
2.60(w) x 3.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Brian Patrick3
Bronx Irish11
The Bridge11
University Avenue13
An Irish Father20
Mayo Woman29
Tribal Voices37
Nuns42
Death's Dominion52
Rockaway56
A Green World59
Songs and Hornpipes65
The Flesh and the Devil69
Intemperate Need75
Soundings83
No Celestial Signpost90
Mythologies99
Locating America107
At the Interior123
Appendix141

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