All Souls: A Family Story from Southie (Google eBook)
A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a miniskirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children. Nearly suffocated by his grief and his community's code of silence, MacDonald tells his family story here with gritty but moving honesty.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Ok, I admit it. When I saw the title I thought it was about a family from the South. As in across the Mason-Dixon Line. Of course, as soon as I began to read the book, I realized my lucky mistake. The author writes about life in Southie, a poor district of Boston. But don't let the residents hear you call their neighborhood poor. Those are fighting words for the Southie the author grew up in. This is a very moving book that takes the reader into the hidden Southie. We follow the author and his large family (and friends) as they struggle to survive each day. Too often, the young don't survive. They lose their lives to murder, suicide, and drugs.
Review: All Souls: A Family Story from SouthieUser Review - Goodreads
It is a rare author that can write a memoir of his life with objectivity, yet warmth, passion and care. This is a powerful book abut the sordid ness and strength of living in Southie and the real ...