After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties

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Penguin, Oct 28, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The vivid and touching sequel to the bestselling memoir Too Close to the Falls.

It's 1960 and twelve-year-old Cathy McClure has just been thrown out of Catholic school for-among other transgressions-filling the holy water fount with vodka. In the hopes of giving Cathy a fresh start away from their small town, the McClures leave behind Niagara Falls and the family pharmacy to start over in suburban Buffalo. But life in a subdivision and a school filled with "pubescent cheddar" holds little appeal for a girl who began working at four and smoking at nine. As the quaint world of 1950s America recedes into history, Cathy dives headfirst into the 1960s. Along the way, she adopts many personas with gusto-vandal, HoJo hostess, FBI suspect, civil rights demonstrator- but when tragedy strikes at home, Cathy must take on her most challenging role yet.

As candid and compelling as Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Jeanette Walls's The Glass Castle, After the Falls is an irresistible account of one girl's comingof-age during a tumultuous era and the moving tale of a rebellious spirit learning what it means to be a daughter.
 

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User Review  - dms02 - LibraryThing

I loved Catherine Gildiners first portion of her memoir Too Close to the Falls. I was hoping that the 2nd book would be equally as good. This book was a home run. I LOVED it more then the first. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - nodressrehersal - LibraryThing

I can't believe this book was written by the same author who wrote, "Too Close To The Falls" - I LOVED that book. I HATED this one. The writing was awful, the story - disjointed and self-indulgent. Not funny, not poignant, not even a titch interesting. Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE EXODUS
EXPULSION
A DONNY BROOK
GOOD FRIDAY
HIT THE DIRT
BLACKLAWN JOCKEYS CHAPTER 6 FRIED
SCARS
SHORT ORDER
LEAVING HOME
THE STRAW HOMBURG
A FIRE IN THE CELLAR
THE MIRROR ROOM
THE AVALANCHE
LOVE IT OR LEAVE
THE WHITE RABBIT MEETS THE BLUE ELEPHANTS
THE HOUR OF THE WOLF

THE LOAFERS
A VIAL IN THE SUNSHINE
PART TWO EYE TO BUCKEYE
HOOKESLAW
A REAL
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About the author (2010)

Catherine Gildiner is a clinical psychologist and writer. She lives in Toronto.

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