"To say McSherry has lived a 'hard knock' life is an understatement, but the Lehman High School teacher and Brio Award winner has crafted a Bronx version of Angela's Ashes that resonates with hope, wit, and perseverance."
-Derek Woods, host of the television program, Bronx Magazine
Told through a series of striking vignettes, A Clean Street's A Happy Street: A Bronx Memoir is a masterful coming-of-age tale brimming with heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.
Growing up in a tough Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s and 1970s, James McSherry dreams of becoming a writer. Faced with his mother's mental illness, his father's brutal murder, and poverty's chokehold, McSherry refuses to lose sight of his future. He struggles to survive in a fragmented world, clinging to his education and his poetry when his mother's fragile grip on reality shatters.
The harsh consequences of his mother's debilitating mental health binds McSherry and his four siblings in a painful knot, but the love and commitment they have for each other sustains them through a turbulent adolescence. Powerful and moving, A Clean Street's A Happy Street intimately reveals one man's determination to break free from a troubling childhood and boldly create a luminous new future.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am currently a student attending Lehman High school in the Bronx. I read Mr. McSherry's book my freshmen year. I've never met him until this year, my senior year he's the most influential teacher I've ever had. Siani Smith
My teacher mcsherry was the most inspirational teacher in Lehman High School. He always had a smile on his face and the pain he went through revealed in this book.
This book was tastefully written about tragedy and triumph. Although the story has various hardship, the author's depiction of the events made me laugh.The author also shows a boys' unconditional love for his parents no matter what vices or illness they may have had.James McSherry is proof that you control your future. This book was written with heart and is truly an inspiration. Mr. McSherry did not forget his past because his past is why he achieved all he did today.Absolutely loved this book!!!