My Thoughts on Angela's Ashes
This book was riveting from cover to cover. Frank McCourt tells about his Irish Catholic upbringing in the midst of devastating poverty. The setting of the story starts out in New York City in the early 1900s, and then moves to Northern Ireland when Frank's parents decide they might do well to live closer to family. Frank's father is an alcoholic with only short bouts of employment. Frank's twin brothers become ill and die within months of each other. Amidst these and other continuing hardships, young Frank manages to find employment, get an education, and eventually move back to the United States. Ultimately, this is a story about a young man who triumphs against astonishing odds.