Kevin O’Hara recreates his boyhood with these wonderful stories of growing up in Massachusetts in the 1950s and 60s as one of eight children. His parents, born in Ireland, came to this country for their children’s sake. His family struggled against grinding poverty but they never gave up and never lost their faith that God had a plan for them.
Kevin learned the lessons of making do and making things last, and what the true riches of the world are: good health and the love of a united family. All these lessons grounded him as he reached adulthood…and was sent off to fight in wilds of Vietnam as a reluctant solider.
This book will tug at your heart and make you cry tears of both sorrow and joy. It is a story about the Irish-American experience but it is much more–it’s the story of a generation growing up in the shadow of the Second World War and the start of a new age of hope and promise, a time when people believed that anything was possible as long as you dared to dream and had faith in yourself.
And a little Irish luck couldn’t hurt either.
“Kevin O’Hara’s memoir of being Irish and growing up in small-town America of the fifties and sixties captures the time, the place, and the ethnic family values with such an unerring eye that you’ll hear the bands on the Fourth of July, taste Mallo Cup candies, share in the cadences of the Rosary—-and smell a young draftee’s fear in the horror that was the Vietnam War. This is memwoir as tour de force.”
—Patrick Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of An Irish Country Doctor
“This funny, sweet, and fast-moving memoir tells the story of growing up in a large Irish family in a small Yankee town–a way of life that has almost disappeared. Kevin O’Hara deserves a prominent place in the long tradition of the Berkshire’s finest story tellers.”
—Debby Applegate, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biograpghy of Henry Ward Beecher
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