Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America

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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.
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Those of Irish ancestry may recognize their own family's habits in this memoir by Waters (English, Queens College, New York City). Waters relates the history and politics of her Irish parents, her childhood in the Bronx, her education in Catholic schools, the culture of her Irish neighborhood, and her ultimate rebellion from the mores there. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606826
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • 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

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Brian Patrick 3
Bronx Irish 11
The Bridge 11
University Avenue 13
An Irish Father 20
Mayo Woman 29
Tribal Voices 37
Nuns 42
Death's Dominion 52
Rockaway 56
A Green World 59
Songs and Hornpipes 65
The Flesh and the Devil 69
Intemperate Need 75
Soundings 83
No Celestial Signpost 90
Mythologies 99
Locating America 107
At the Interior 123
Appendix 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    National Book Award in 2001

    Crossing Highbridge received an award for an outstanding book on Irish culture in 2001 from the American Conference for Irish Studies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    wins notable book prize

    Crossing Highbridge was awarded (jointly) the prize for best book on Irish culture published in 2001 by the American Conference for Irish Studies

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