Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion
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Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion

by Michael Patrick MacDonald
     
 

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In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the “normal” life of Southie, Michael reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of

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In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the “normal” life of Southie, Michael reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash.

At nineteen MacDonald escapes further, to Paris and then London. Out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather—who offers a loan, but only if Michael will visit Ireland. It is this reluctant journey “home” that offers MacDonald a chance at reconciliation—with his heritage, his neighborhood, and his family—and a way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618918638
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
727,269
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Patrick MacDonald helped launch Boston’s successful gun-buyback program and is founder of the South Boston Vigil Group. He has won the American Book Award, a New England Literary Lights Award, and the Myers Center Outstanding Book Award administered by the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. His second book, the highly acclaimed memoir Easter Rising, was published in 2006, and will be available in paperback from Houghton Mifflin in March, 2008. He is currently writing the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. MacDonald lives in Brooklyn.

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