All Souls

All Souls

A Family Story From Southie

Book - 1999
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The author recounts growing up in a poor Irish neighborhood, and remembers the four brothers he lost to violence.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780807072127
Branch Call Number: 974.46104 MACDONALD
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Dec 05, 2013

What I appreciate about All Souls is that it doesn't aspire to be an authoritative, exhaustive study of Southie, but rather a very personal and focused description of how it FELT to grow up in that environment. The book isn't loaded down with statistics or many viewpoints-- just MacDonald's recollection of the things his family experienced. His talent as a writer becomes most apparent in the last 50 pages with a story that is so profoundly upsetting that I couldn't put the book down or stop crying. Definitely worth a read.

Jun 21, 2012

An incredible, poignant story of the devastation that a family from the white slums of Boston experienced.
*** It's a rare insider's look and perspective. The author talks about how his neighborhood experienced the social-experiment phenomenon of busing - it was not a positive one.
*** He talks about how the mob exploited and manipulated people's perceptions of what was happening to them. Truly evil.


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