Bittersweet Mayfair Memories

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iUniverse, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
Mayfair Crescent was the Wisteria Lane of Hamilton, Ontario. These personal memoirs based on the author's childhood in the 1950s and 1960s were affected by a climate of continuous tension. Each chapter contains surprise, disappointment and snippets of joy. The cruelty and bitterness which revealed itself in the personality of Mommy Dearest was unrelenting and inescapable. What seemed merely odd became terribly serious signs of dysfunction. The four children who shared a home on Mayfair thought they were happy until the divorce of their parents. Just when the dysfunction was expected to ebb with the tide, the bitterness infiltrated the next generation. Today, the word "family" doesn't mean what it once did. Hindsight has converted a regular mirror into a magnifier of powerful calibration. Today, we have moved beyond Mayfair Crescent, where the story began.

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About the author (2011)

Having taught for 31 years, both elementary and secondary, Ms. Irvine is taking steps down a new road; one that includes herb and flower gardening, experimenting with new culinary techniques, extensive reading, doing volunteer work locally and writing. She also enjoys visiting and traveling with her two grown daughters, Amanda and Lauren. Her husband, Michael shares the same life adventure. Today, she resides in Markham, Ontario. A devoted, supportive husband, two wonderful daughters and the close families of her brother in San Diego and her late sister in Toronto form the centre of her small town world.

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