Angela's Ashes

Written byFrank McCourt

Published in

About "Angela's Ashes"

Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion. This is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic."When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy-- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling-- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors--yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Biography
  • Classics
  • Ireland
  • Autobiography
  • Biography Memoir
  • History
  • Irish Literature
  • Historical
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (1997)
  • American Booksellers Book Of The Year Award for Adult Trade (1997)
  • Audie Award for Nonfictio
  • bridged (1997)
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography (1996)
  • Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (1997)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography (1996)
ISBN9780007205233pages452publisherHarper PerennialseriesFrank McCourt #1settings
  • Limerick (Ireland)
  • New York State (United States)
  • Ireland
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