Hungry Hill: A Memoir

Hungry Hill: A Memoir

by Carole O'Malley Gaunt
     
 

On a sweltering June night in 1959, Betty O'Malley died from lymphatic cancer, leaving behind an alcoholic husband and eight shell-shocked children � seven sons and one daughter, ranging in age from two to fifteen years. The daughter, Carole, was thirteen at the time. In this poignant memoir, she recalls in vivid detail the chaotic course of her family life over the… See more details below

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On a sweltering June night in 1959, Betty O'Malley died from lymphatic cancer, leaving behind an alcoholic husband and eight shell-shocked children � seven sons and one daughter, ranging in age from two to fifteen years. The daughter, Carole, was thirteen at the time. In this poignant memoir, she recalls in vivid detail the chaotic course of her family life over the next four years.

The setting for the story is Hungry Hill, an Irish-Catholic working-class neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts. The author recounts her sad and turbulent story with remarkable clarity, humor, and insight, punctuating the narrative with occasional fictional scenes that allow the adult Carole to comment on her teenage experiences and to probe the impact of her mother's death and her father's alcoholism.

About the Author
An award-winning playwright, CAROLE O'MALLEY GAUNT lives with her husband in New York City and Sag Harbor. She is the mother of three daughters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558495883
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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