On December 7th, 1955, Kitty McInerney lay dying in a New York hospital bed. The forty-seven year-old Irish immigrant, suffering from severe toxemia, was preparing for an emergency c-section to give birth to her 17th child. As a Catholic priest performed her last rites, Kitty succumbed to a rare moment of quiet reflection. While her thoughts centered on the fate of her many young children, Kitty found no solace in contemplating her improbable tale of survival... her impoverished youth in rural Ireland, her courageous journey from a small Irish village to the largest city in the world, and her tireless devotion to an ever-expanding family amidst impossible hardships in the impoverished South Bronx. Nor did Kitty realize how her modest life rode a wave of social and political transformation that would come to define modern America. Poor, burdened, and uncelebrated, Kitty McInerney is remarkable for her unrelenting faith, her unique, individual struggle and for exemplifying the American immigrant experience.
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About the Author
Christopher Prince is a writer and producer in Los Angeles, California, and is proud to be one of Kitty McInerney's forty-five grandchildren. Christopher earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with highest honors from the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Division and a Master of Arts in Film from the University of New Orleans. He has worked in film and television production as a writer, producer and production manager and in interactive marketing as a copywriter, creative project manager, and interactive producer. Christopher always cherished his early childhood memories of Kitty before his family moved away from Los Angeles. Having returned to Los Angeles after graduate school, he feels blessed to have gotten close to Kitty over the last eight years of her life. This book was written in preparation for a feature documentary Christopher is presently producing about Kitty McInerney.
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The Remarkable Life of Kitty McInerney: How A Poor Irish Immigrant Raised 17 Children in Great Depression New York based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I purchased this book for my boyfriends father who is a few years younger than Kitty McInerney and lived in the Bronx around the same time period as she and her family. He often wanes nostalgic and I knew he'd be eager to read someones recollection of the days pre and post the Stock Market crash. It was a few days before he came by to visit so I started to read the paperback. Five minutes into it, I was totally captivated! Christopher Prince does a great job drawing the reader into the life of a very courageous and strong young lady. He details her life as a young girl in Ireland who makes her way to New York, finds work and then a husband, and suffers a very hard life in the slums of the Bronx bearing and raising 17 children, basically on her own. Her husband is a drunk who cannot hold down a job for long and even when he does work and receives wages, he often selfishly spends it on booze. Despite her immensely difficult situation, she works full-time as a janitor at every apartment building she and her family are forced to move to and still manages to instill the proper values and work ethic in each of her children, who are often left to pick up the slack since their father rarely contributes anything of any true worth. The factual history that Mr. Prince records of life before and after the Wall Street crash is remarkably accurate. I found myself constantly shaking my head and imagining the horrors as he describes the aftermath effects on people already suffering from poverty. Kitty's strength and religious belief will amaze you and have you praying for her to finally find emotional and financial security. I found myself constantly leafing through the pages to look at the pictures of Kitty, her husband and her kids, imagining them living in the small apartments with 19 people and few bedrooms. Despite their constrained living conditions, the children are mostly smiling through their pain as they never want to upset their parents. I won't give away the ending but suffice it to say that I found myself thinking about Kitty McInerney and the strength and integrity she possessed. She was an amazing woman, mother and worker. She personified true strength and grit and Mr. Prince must be very proud to be the descendant of this amazing lady! As for my boyfriend's father; he stopped by a few weeks ago and when I handed him the book and he noticed the title, he settled onto the Lazy-Boy and read the entire book at one sitting. He ended up staying for dinner and chatted non-stop about his own memories and his friends and the neighborhood he grew up in (just a few blocks away from Kitty) and the book prompted him to remember details as he read about street corners and businesses and the demeanor of the residents there. He very much enjoyed reading the details of life during those days and the horrific hand that Robert Moses ultimately played in continuing to keep the poor in slum areas and making it near impossible for them to secure good jobs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an articulately detailed history of one woman's journey from Ireland to New York in search of a better life, only to be met with constant struggle, yet she triumphs, nonetheles, in raising 17 children single handedly and never complained. Christopher Prince must feel proud to descend from such a strong matriarch who left an amazing legacy to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.