The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship by Clare Ansberry, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship

The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship

by Clare Ansberry
     
 

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In a small neighborhood, perched atop a hill in Pittsburgh, thrives a world we think we have lost. The women of Troy Hill, now grand- and great-grandmothers, have lived here for the better part of the twentieth century. Most of the women were born here and married here; they raised their children here and buried their husbands (and some of their children) here;

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In a small neighborhood, perched atop a hill in Pittsburgh, thrives a world we think we have lost. The women of Troy Hill, now grand- and great-grandmothers, have lived here for the better part of the twentieth century. Most of the women were born here and married here; they raised their children here and buried their husbands (and some of their children) here; and their lives are a living testament to the old-fashioned values of service, friendship, faith, and sacrifice that younger, more restless and rushed generations have nearly forgotten. All over America, communities such as Troy Hill, made up largely of elderly women, are thriving. Clare Ansberry has discovered their secret to long and energetic lives. What Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie did for approaching death, Clare Ansberry's The Women of Troy Hill does for living full lives in the eighth and ninth decades.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"For the most part, they know one another by face, name and by the colors of their winter coats, their paths crossing less from formal introduction than from spending a lifetime in such a little place." In describing this German-Catholic neighborhood high above Pittsburgh's city center, Ansberry (the bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal) skillfully evokes a microcosm of urban life, a place that has changed little over the greater part of the last century, inhabited mostly by older women in their 70s and 80s. Ansberry aims to get to know six of these women (she sees "bits and pieces of my own mother, her mother and sisters" in them) and to demonstrate how their collective knowledge of "what ultimately succeeds and what fails" is representative of the lives of elderly women across the U.S.--now the fastest-growing segment of our population. They describe themselves as women who "neighbored," meaning they have long occupied their time with looking in on the homebound, cooking for the recently bereaved and taking a leading role in a variety of church and neighborhood events. For example, Mary Wohleber, now widowed, fought with fierce determination to raise money to restore Troy Hill's chapel, but her interests have also taken her to such exotic locales as Sri Lanka, Tibet and Syria. Those interested in women's history and close-up shots of life in the U.S. will enjoy this anecdotal study of an insular community. (Nov. 10) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is a book about neighboring, caring, faith, and friendship in a section of Pittsburgh that is just two miles from the city center. Regardless of personal fortune or the lack of it, of education or success, in Troy Hill all are neighbors. Ansberry, the Pittsburgh bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, presents an excellent and intimate look at the community, with its population of older people. The women in particular have made the "Hill" what it is. What matters is not wealth but how people deal with life's joys and struggles. The book is filled with little incidents--such as Florence Klingman's taking a bus once a week to visit a woman from Troy Hill who now lives in a nursing home, even though they are not kin. The multitude of incidents build a clear picture of a community where character matters. The message resonates across all cultures and is poignantly illustrated by the people in this predominately German American Roman Catholic neighborhood. Highly recommended for all public libraries.--George Westerlund, formerly with Providence P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151004003
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/10/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.15(d)

What People are saying about this

Mary Pipher
Ansberry captures the joy and tragedy of ordinary lives, the heroism of a woman who loses her husband and three sons, the beauty of a long-term loving marriage, and the pleasures of a good woman friend. Eloquent.
— (Mary Pipher, author of Another Country and Reviving Ophelia)

Meet the Author


Clare Ansberry is the Pittsburgh bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and winner of numerous journalism awards. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children. This is her first book.

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