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This review is from: My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box (Paperback)
Wonderfully descriptive and lively memoir set in Ireland and the United States. It's narrated in a very likable, easy-to read voice.
Deirdre Gogarty struggles at school with harsh teachers and bullying students and at home with an autistic brother and a depressed mother. After seeing an interview on television with Jack Dempsey, she asks her dad for a punching bag. He gives her a makeshift one, and she stuffs it with newspapers. And this changes her life. She says, ""I don't need a nun's blessing because I know my salvation is buried in a punch bag stuffed with newspapers and rags."
By sixteen, she loves boxing and studies its history and from her summer job saves enough money to buy boxing gloves. And is able to train at a boxing club.
Then she gets to come to the United States where it's not forbidden for women to fight. And she gets to fight in Louisiana, Mississippi, and even in my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. And then finally in Vegas. Great descriptions and insights--"Waiting is the worst part of fighting." I hate to reveal too much more about what happens. I just want to say that this is a truly inspiring story. I loved it.