Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

cvr9780684874357_9780684874357_hrHumor and eloquence in the face of unimaginable poverty are the hallmarks of this Pulitzer Prize winning memoir about the author’s Irish Catholic upbringing in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.  McCourt’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed her children as his father, Malachy, drinks his wages when he gets a job — which isn’t often.  The family is forced, among other things, to gather coal from the roadside for fuel, to use rags as diapers and to beg for a pig’s head for Christmas dinner. Although at times depressing, the book is still a wonderful read and a testament to the author’s intelligence and ability to persevere.

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