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Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America

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An evocative tale of coming to womanhood in the disorienting 1960s -- a girl in the world of nuns and the Holy Ghost -- but or a deeper level, this is a story of a woman who has suffered unimaginable loss and attempts to make sense of that loss by re... weiterlesen
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Titel: Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America
Autor/en: Maureen Waters

ISBN: 0815606826
EAN: 9780815606826
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Sanford Sternlicht
SYRACUSE UNIV PR

April 2001 - gebunden - 149 Seiten

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An evocative tale of coming to womanhood in the disorienting 1960s -- a girl in the world of nuns and the Holy Ghost -- but or a deeper level, this is a story of a woman who has suffered unimaginable loss and attempts to make sense of that loss by re-imagining her past and her own Irish-American heritage.The first in her family born in the United States, Maureen Waters grew up the "Bronx Irish" daughter of two unforgettable immigrants: her storytelling, former revolutionary father, and her fierce, IRA-supporting mother. Crossing Highbridge is framed by the accidental death of Waters's son and her struggle to make sense of this loss by re-imagining her past and her heritage.Her life in postwar New York City was colored by Catholicism and strong cultural links to "the other side" -- by Irish step dancing, the melodies of Thomas Moore, and the rituals, inflections, and harrowing memories impressed on her. Sex was a mystery. Schoolgirls wore below-the-knee blue serge uniforms with starched white collars and cuffs. Brutal treatment at the hands of the nuns who ran her college drove Waters to transfer to a secular school.Waters rebelled against an upbringing that seemed to wall her off from the twentieth century. She married outside the church, divorced, and became a scholar and professor at the City University of New York. Waters follows in the tradition of her father with this vividly humorous and moving tale.

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Maureen Waters is professor of English and acting director of Irish Studies at Queen's College, New York. She is the author of The Comic Irishman and the coeditor of Lady Gregory: Selected Writings.

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