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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.

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. Smith seamlessly combines a memoir whose intimacy matches that of Angela's Ashes with the tale of a community plagued by a malevolent predator that holds the emotional and cultural resonance of The Lovely Bones. Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone’s door is unlocked and the school, church, library, drugstore, 5 &.

In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great . The book was well organized and well written

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 The book was well organized and well written. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith is the author of 8 novels in addition to this memoir. Girls of Tender Age is one of those books that will forever change its readers because of its beauty and power and remarkable wit. Поделиться: ]] :2. . Поделиться: ]] :2]] ]] :0]] ]] :0]] ]] :0]] ]] :0]] ]] :0]] :0 ]] :0]].

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.

Smith Mary-Ann Tirone. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them

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In Girls of Tender Age, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith fully articulates with great humor . Girls of Tender Age - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith.

Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and the school . Tyler was Mary-Ann's real-life Boo Radley, albeit one whose bookshelves sagged under the weight of the World War II books he collected and read obsessively.

Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and the school, church, library, drugstore, 5 & 10, grocery, and tavern are all within walking distance. Hanging over this rough-and-tumble American childhood is the sinister shadow of an approaching serial killer.

Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone, 1944-. Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone, 1944-, Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone, 1944-, Novelists, American, Novelists, American, Child molesters. New York : Free Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

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Mary Ann Tirone-Smith has done an excellent job of describing her childhood in the 1950s - her d mother, her doting father and her older brother whose autism regulated how the family unit operated. The convergence of evil with innocence changed everything when a child predator killed her 11-year old friend, who was just one of the "girls of tender age" whom he assaulted. The author has offered an unblemished look at her life before and after the murder.

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. Smith seamlessly combines a memoir whose intimacy matches that of Angela's Ashes with the tale of a community plagued by a malevolent predator that holds the emotional and cultural resonance of The Lovely Bones. Smith's Hartford neighborhood is small-town America, where everyone's door is unlocked and the school, church, library, drugstore, 5 & 10, grocery, and tavern are all within walking distance. Her family is peopled with memorable characters -- her possibly psychic mother who's always on the verge of a nervous breakdown, her adoring father who makes sure she has something to eat in the morning beyond her usual gulp of Hershey's syrup, her grandfather who teaches her to bash in the heads of the eels they catch on Long Island Sound, Uncle Guido who makes the annual bagna cauda, and the numerous aunts and cousins who parade through her life with love and food and endless stories of the old days. And then there's her brother, Tyler. Smith's household was "different." Little Mary-Ann couldn't have friends over because her older brother, Tyler, an autistic before anyone knew what that meant, was unable to bear noise of any kind. To him, the sound of crying, laughing, phones ringing, or toilets flushing was "a cloud of barbed needles" flying into his face. Subject to such an assault, he would substitute that pain with another: he'd try to chew his arm off. Tyler was Mary-Ann's real-life Boo Radley, albeit one whose bookshelves sagged under the weight of the World War II books he collected and read obsessively. Hanging over this rough-and-tumble American childhood is the sinister shadow of an approaching serial killer. The menacing Bob Malm lurks throughout this joyous and chaotic family portrait, and the havoc he unleashes when the paths of innocence and evil cross one early December evening in 1953 forever alters the landscape of Smith's childhood. Girls of Tender Age is one of those books that will forever change its readers because of its beauty and power and remarkable wit.
Walan
Excellent Read! This is more memoir than murder mystery (my usual genre) but the reflections on various aspects of life in the 50's just grabbed me. The author has a great sense of humor especially in telling of how we dealt with autism before it became , well, popular. One brief vignette of 50's culture was that no matter your nationality (at least in New England) weddings were the main family dress up social events that kids remember and everyone regardless of Nationality had a Polka band as I suppose it was the most lively and danceable music. I thought Polka bands were just at Polish Americans as most all my relatives were. It has been a while since I read it but I was so impressed I just recommended it to my wife's book club - who mostly look books in character study: thus this review today. Our high school often uses it in American Lit English Classes. I suppose because the many coming of aged issues are dealt with so, well.. tenderly yet frankly and and with humor, in a fast fun captivating and engroissing read.
Whilingudw
Ever since The Glass Castle, I've been willing to read memoirs, not a genre I'd usually gravitate toward. Then when I discovered that Wally Lamb gave this one the thumbs up, I figured it was worth a go.

I read it in one sitting, and laughed out loud throughout the first half. I preferred the first half (her memories as a child, the family foibles, the charm and naivete of the 1950's), vs. the second half (more focused on the crime and the effect it had on her life), but loved the whole, nonetheless.

All in all, Tirone-Smith manages to walk a very fine line between funny and poignant, without ever becoming maudlin, schmaltzy, or judgmental. She also manages, in very few words, to flesh out a huge cast of characters, and make you feel like you know every single one of them.

My husband, a native of CT and about the same age as Tirone Smith, is reading this as I type, and seems equally enthralled. I'll now have to buy some more of her books. I truly didn't want this one to end.
Arabella V.
Ms. Tirone Smith's memoir is both enchanting and riveting. She shares with us her life growing up in Hartford in the 1950's. This book is a very fast read and works extremely well of a number of levels.

Ms. Tirone Smith's older brother is autistic but nobody talks about that other than to say he's "retarded". She descibes in loving detail his eccentricities - his obsession with World War II and polka music, his aversion to loud noises. Without seeking pity, she describes how this disorder has a profound effect on the functioning of the family. (This book should be required reading for family therapist's. It does a great job of describing how a "dysfunctional" family organizes around a problem. However, it also shows how functional a "dysfunctional" family can be. Illustrating this point, there is an aside very late in the book in which she attends a support group for siblings of adult autistics. It's hillarious.)

The core element of the story is the rape and murder of a classmate, Irene. Ms. Tirone Smith recounts both the events of the murder but also looks at how her family and the town reacted to it. Later in life, she also realizes that she has repressed much of what has happened. She embarks on a journey to reconstruct the case, trial and execution.

All of this is set against the backdrop of a Catholic/ethnic Hartford neighborhood in the 1950's. The story is told in loving detail and can be appreciated on so many levels. (Also, don't skip the "Notes" at the end, they include a recipe for Pinapple Cream Pie.) THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING BOOK!!!
Itiannta
This is the kind of book I normally buy in hardcover as soon as it is released, but when I saw it I just had the feeling that it was one more memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle, Cherry, etc. and that I could do without another one. However, when it came out in paperback I looked at the 5-star reviews on Amazon.com and decided to buy it. I am so glad I did! This memoir has a totally different bent than the other ones, and not just because of the murder mystery interspersed throughout. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith definitely has her own voice among others such as Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Robinette, Sandra Leigh, Jill Kerr Conway, etc. who have all written extraordinary memoirs of their own. This book deals with the long-ago murder of a childhood friend as well as a brother who has autism, and, of course, the usual dysfunctional parents. It is a story told with heart and a lot of humor, which one would have to have to get through her life as beautifully as she did. I highly recommend this book, as well as the memoirs by the authors listed above.
Malogamand
A playmate is missing. The adults soon discover she was the victim of a sex crime, assaulted and murdered. Are grief counselors brought to the school to help the children cope? No, instead her desk is removed from the classroom, and the children are told "There will be no speaking of Irene."

This book was used as an example of an autobiography that described a horrendous crime but was, nevertheless, believable in every detail, so I bought it. Because it is an autobiography, the reader is introduced to the author's family; her autistic brother, beautiful but bitter mother, her self-sacrificing father, and others. We all have quirky relatives so we smile and relate. I was especially moved by the way Ms. Tirone Smith accepted her brother for who he was and missed his company when they were separated. (One generation's normal is another's disfunctional.)

The author went back to discover the truth about what happened to Irene, her family, and her murderer. We are introduced early in the book to the perpetrator, but only incidentally. The book is an easy read, full of pathos. It is good Irene's short life is acknowledged this way. When the author found him, Irene's brother thought no one remembered her. No one who reads this book will ever forget her.
Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir ebook
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Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
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