From the author of the million-selling Angela’s Ashes — the most keenly anticipated sequel of the decade ‘The reader of this stunning memoir can only hope that Mr McCourt will set down the story of his subsequent adventures in America in another book.
‘Tis is the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant with rotten teeth, infected eyes and no formal education to brilliant raconteur and schoolteacher. Saved first by a straying priest, then by the Democratic party, then by the United States Army, then by New York University — which admitted him on a trial basis though he had no high school diploma — Frank had the same vulnerable but invincible spirit at nineteen that he had at eight and still has today. And ‘Tis is a tale of survival as vivid, harrowing, and often hilarious as Angela’s Ashes. Yet again, it is through the power of storytelling that Frank finds a life for himself. ‘It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he’s done.