November 2, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties by Catherine Gildiner

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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Catherine was a handful while growing up and finding herself but the one thing she never lacked was spirit.  I really enjoyed learning about her life (which, if you ask me, resembles a daytime soap opera with all it's twists and intriguing happenings).  I have to give this book five stars!

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
October 28, 2010
368 pages
$25.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. I would like to read this, it sounds interesting.

  2. Having grown up in the sixties, this would be great to read.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  3. SOunds like she had a very interesting life!

  4. I like it, I like it...I grew up in the 60's. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    silversolara AT gmail DOT com

  5. I would love to win this book

  6. Good to know that you enjoyed this one, I would like to read it myself.

  7. Vodka eek lol.
    Sounds like a good read.

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    Thanks for having this giveaway.

  8. I love books based on coming of age in the 60's.

    teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

  9. Would love to read this.

  10. Memoirs like this are always good to read (especially since it is compared in the review to the Liar's Club).

  11. I am a bit of a rebelious person too, so I think this would be an interesting read

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

  12. I would like to read this!