Crossing Highbridge : A Memoir of Irish America, by Waters, Maureen
- ISBN: 9780815606826 | 0815606826
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 4/1/2001
The first in her family born in the United States, Maureen Waters grew up the "Bronx Irish" daughter of two unforgettable immigrants: her storytelling, former revolutionary father, and her fierce, IRA-supporting mother. Crossing Highbridge is framed by the accidental death of Waters's son and her struggle to make sense of this loss by re-imagining her past and her heritage.
Her life in postwar New York City was colored by Catholicism and strong cultural links to "the other side" -- by Irish step dancing, the melodies of Thomas Moore, and the rituals, inflections, and harrowing memories impressed on her. Sex was a mystery. Schoolgirls wore below-the-knee blue serge uniforms with starched white collars and cuffs. Brutal treatment at the hands of the nuns who