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Crossing Highbridge : A Memoir of Irish America

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Crossing Highbridge : A Memoir of Irish America by Waters, Maureen, 9780815606826
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  • ISBN: 9780815606826 | 0815606826
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/1/2001
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An evocative tale of coming to womanhood in the disorienting 1960s -- a girl in the world of nuns and the Holy Ghost -- but or a deeper level, this is a story of a woman who has suffered unimaginable loss and attempts to make sense of that loss by re-imagining her past and her own Irish-American heritage.

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



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