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First Confession and its terrors. First grade with eighty-four other students and one nun to rule them all.
The agony and the ecstasy of Lent. The Worst Altar Server Ever. Dinah Shore and the Blessed Virgin, haunting your dreams.
This is Eddie Ryan’s world—the intensely Catholic world of Chicago’s Seven Holy Tombs neighborhood and St. Bastion’s parish in the 1950s. In this classic coming-of-age novel, John Powers draws readers into Eddie Ryan’s world with bittersweet humor and deep affection.
“It is fast-moving and often downright funny.”—New York Times
“He has recaptured childish innocence and presented it with adult enlightenment—plus a touch of cynicism—yet never with irreverence.”
—Book-of-the-Month Club News
First confession and its terrors. Eighty-four first graders in a classroom ruled by just one nun. The agony and the ecstasy of Lent. The dubious honor of being declared the worst altar server ever. Dinah Shore and the Blessed Virgin haunting your dreams. This is Eddie Ryan’s world as he grows up in the intensely Catholic world of South-Side Chicago’s St. Bastion’s parish in the 1950s. In this classic coming-of-age novel, John Powers draws readers into Eddie Ryan’s world with deep affection and bittersweet humor.
Pretty good book but not as good as his second one. I enjoyed it but was waiting for a better payoff in the end to make me love the book.Published 1 month ago by Stephen N. Baker
I ordered this book as a replace my for the original copy I had that was lost. The foreword by Andrew Greeley was wonderful and the book was as entertaining as I remembered it!Published 4 months ago by Chris Rigali
The book is comical and so true...especially if you know what it's like to grow up Catholic in the U.S. 40-50 years ago. Hilarious at times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen
Growing up Catholic and in Chicago, this book was a delight for me. I could not stop laughing just about all the way through. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diane Jaeckel
Very funny and not disrespectful...Just an honest look at growing up Catholic in the 50's and 60's. This is not a religious book but a frank look at the religion's culture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thom O' Grady
You have to be from the old Catholic School to fully appreciate this story. Brought back many familiar scenes from my childhood.Published 8 months ago by Bonita
Another of my favorite books. I was born and raised on the southside of Chicago (where this takes place) and went to a Catholic School as well as the author, John Powers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by chicks picks
Great read for anyone but especially for Catholics and growing up in Chicago. Brought back many memories and was very funny to boot!Published 9 months ago by Sue Hafer
This, and the author's two subsequent books, would be better viewed as a trilogy; I will not review them separately. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ollb