Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and everything is within walking distance.
This book is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Could not make myself read this one! Got to page 20 and put it down for good. I do not want to rate a book I did not finish but you got to put something down I hated the writing style not the content of the story.
Wish I could have stuck with it seeing as I wated a year for this one.
I just got this on audio cd. I liked listening to it much better then reading the text.
Girls of Tender Age is filled with the author's family photos, but she notes that during the time her memories were repressed, her mother stopped taking photos. Have everyone in the group bring in a picture from their childhood that summons up a significant or poignant memory/5(7). Girls of Tender Age is Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's autobiograpical retelling of the origins of her family. The tells how her italian side and french candaian side came to be; her aunts and her uncles; her autistic brother; her adoring hard working father; and her possibly psychic mother. Girls of Tender Age is Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's autobiograpical retelling of the origins of her family. The tells how her italian side and french candaian side came to be; her aunts and her uncles; her autistic brother; her adoring hard working father; and her possibly psychic mother.
I would now rate this at least 3. If you could but not It was a compelling memoir, but the research into the villain's life was less interesting to me.
It felt somehow fragmented, the author's life as part of her family of origin, the murder, the story of the bad guy- each could have stood alone and may have lost something, in my mind, from being shoehorned into one book.
Writing so good it seems effortless. The adults in her life didn't allow she or her friends to speak of the friend ever again, and she essentially blocked it out and forgot about it. When in college she mentioned it somewhat casually in a writing assignment and her professor encouraged her to find out what had happened.
So began a journey of finding out about the killer, and throughout the book chapters of her childhood are in Page turning memoir of a girl growing up in Hartford, CT, whose classmate was murdered by a serial killer.
So began a journey of finding out about the killer, and throughout the book chapters of her childhood are interspersed with chapters explaining where he was at the time. As the story builds you know that their lives will one day intersect with the murder.
Although the topic is obviously heavy, there are a lot of observations the young Mary-Ann makes that are quite funny. For instance, when she went to her first wake and her father told her that she was supposed to say "I'm sorry" to the family, she thought he was telling her to admit that the death was her fault.
A side story in this book how Mary-Ann's family life was affected by her autistic older brother. No one used the label autism back then and when he did inappropriate things they blamed it on him being "retarded.
Mary Ann's reflections as an adult of this aspect of her life and how she came to terms with that situation are another interesting part of the book. Some reviews have said that she spends too much time on the after the crime part of the book, but I disagree, as unraveling the story through her research as an adult is part of what makes the book unique.
I love memoirs and this one was a real page turner. I grew up in the same era in a different place I had many girlfriends who attended parochial Catholic schools, so the details of her religious education were familiar to me. This is a story of a dysfunctional family trying to cope with their normal daughter and her autistic brother at a time when there was no such diagnosis or treatment.
Her strange upbringing both at school and at home is described with humor that made me laugh out loud and reminded me of things in my own childhood that did not make sense then or now.
It is also a true crime story. The author's year-old school friend was murdered and the details were hidden from her, and her feelings about it were repressed.
Details about the murderer's background were interesting but summaries and transcripts from his trial did not hold my interest. I did not enjoy reading the detail of his botched execution. The book was well organized and well written.
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith is the author of 8 novels in addition to this memoir. I would like to read more of this author's work based on the quality of her writing and research. My 4-star rating is based on my enjoyment of the book.
She has many 5-star ratings from others on this site.Girls of Tender Age Reading Group Guide Written with great humor and tenderness, Girls of Tender Age combines an intimate family memoir with the tale of a community plagued by a horrifying crime. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and everything is within walking distance.
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Each morning my father fuels the furnace, shoveling coal into its. In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great humor and tenderness the wild jubilance of an extended French-Italian family struggling to survive in a post-World War II housing project in Hartford, Connecticut/5(81).