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Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir (edição: 2007)

de Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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"In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great humor and tenderness the wild jubilance of an extended French-Italian family struggling to survive in a post-World War II housing project in Hartford, Connecticut. Smith combines a memoir whose intimacy matches that of Angela's Ashes with the tale of a community plagued by a malevolent predator that holds the emotional and cultural resonance of The Lovely Bones." "Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and the school, church, library, drugstore, 5 & 10, grocery, and tavern are all within walking distance. Her family is peopled with memorable characters - her possibly psychic mother who's always on the verge of a nervous breakdown, her adoring father who makes sure she has something to eat in the morning beyond her usual gulp of Hershey's syrup, her grandfather who teaches her to bash in the heads of the eels they catch on Long Island Sound, Uncle Guido who makes the annual bagna cauda, and the numerous aunts and cousins who parade through her life with love and food and endless stories of the old days. And then there's her brother, Tyler." "Smith's household was "different." Little Mary-Ann couldn't have friends over because her older brother, Tyler, an autistic before anyone knew what that meant, was unable to bear noise of any kind. To him, the sound of crying, laughing, phones ringing, or toilets flushing was "a cloud of barbed needles" flying into his face. Subject to such an assault, he would substitute that pain with another: he'd try to chew his arm off. Tyler was Mary-Ann's real-life Boo Radley, albeit one whose bookshelves sagged under the weight of the World War II books he collected and read obsessively." "Hanging over this rough-and-tumble American childhood is the sinister shadow of an approaching serial killer. The menacing Bob Malm lurks throughout this joyous and chaotic family portrait, and the havoc he unleashes when the paths of innocence and evil cross one early December evening in 1953 forever alters the landscape of Smith's childhood."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir
Autores:Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
Informação:Free Press (2007), Paperback, 320 pages
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Etiquetas:memoir, 1950's Hartford CT

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Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir de Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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This book was recommended to me mostly because of its setting. It takes place in Hartford, probably about five minutes from my house. Although the murder of a child happened before I was born, I am surprised that it is not part of our local lore. I found the descriptions of the people and places to be a great piece of nostalgia for me. ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
This is such a great memoir/true crime story. The author covers coming-of-age, autism, pedophilia, murder and social and legal issues of the 1950's. I was intrigued by the telling of the two stories and then when they merged in mid book. This is a story of the author's life pre-crime, during the crime, and post-crime. It is also a story of how the author comes to terms with this along with so many other issues from her life. This young child had so much to deal with for someone so young. I was drawn in from the first chapter and couldn't put I down until the end. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Aug 26, 2015 |
This was a well-written story in a somewhat unique format -- part memoir, part true crime -- but it worked. The author tells of her years as a young girl growing up in Connecticut in the 1950's with a somewhat eccentric family, an autistic brother (who at the time was not identified as such), and a serial sexual predator/killer within their midst. She interweaves true crime facts with personal anecdotes very effectively into an easy-to-read, yet very interesting memoir. I very much enjoyed this one, and only regret that I listened to the abridged audio as opposed to the entire unabridged story, as I really wasn't ready for this one to end. ( )
  indygo88 | Apr 4, 2013 |
Wonderful memoir that drew me in right from the first paragraph. Serious subjects (murder, rape, autism, death penalty) dealt with in a sensitive fashion. Despite some somber themes, Smith made me smile on more than one occasion. As a long-time resident of Connecticut, it was fun to read about places, people, and events that have been part of my life for more than forty-five years. Maybe a little long when it came to the police investigation/trial. Loved it! ( )
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"In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great humor and tenderness the wild jubilance of an extended French-Italian family struggling to survive in a post-World War II housing project in Hartford, Connecticut. Smith combines a memoir whose intimacy matches that of Angela's Ashes with the tale of a community plagued by a malevolent predator that holds the emotional and cultural resonance of The Lovely Bones." "Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and the school, church, library, drugstore, 5 & 10, grocery, and tavern are all within walking distance. Her family is peopled with memorable characters - her possibly psychic mother who's always on the verge of a nervous breakdown, her adoring father who makes sure she has something to eat in the morning beyond her usual gulp of Hershey's syrup, her grandfather who teaches her to bash in the heads of the eels they catch on Long Island Sound, Uncle Guido who makes the annual bagna cauda, and the numerous aunts and cousins who parade through her life with love and food and endless stories of the old days. And then there's her brother, Tyler." "Smith's household was "different." Little Mary-Ann couldn't have friends over because her older brother, Tyler, an autistic before anyone knew what that meant, was unable to bear noise of any kind. To him, the sound of crying, laughing, phones ringing, or toilets flushing was "a cloud of barbed needles" flying into his face. Subject to such an assault, he would substitute that pain with another: he'd try to chew his arm off. Tyler was Mary-Ann's real-life Boo Radley, albeit one whose bookshelves sagged under the weight of the World War II books he collected and read obsessively." "Hanging over this rough-and-tumble American childhood is the sinister shadow of an approaching serial killer. The menacing Bob Malm lurks throughout this joyous and chaotic family portrait, and the havoc he unleashes when the paths of innocence and evil cross one early December evening in 1953 forever alters the landscape of Smith's childhood."--BOOK JACKET.

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