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DPL Book Club: Angela’s Ashes

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| $6

May’s book is Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes.

“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 luminous 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.

This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 7:00 PM at Arsenal Tap House on West Liberty Ave. There is a $6 beverage fee payable to the server, and this program is for adults 21 and over only. Call 412-531-8754 or email dormont@dormontlibrary.org to register.


May 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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