My Charles Street -- a Memoir

Anna Strosser

My Charles Street book coverMy Charles Street is a memoir about growing up poor and Irish in
Pittsburgh during the Great Depression.

Life was dense with emotion and confusion, I didn’t even pretend at confession anymore. It didn’t matter. Mama would find out the fibs, but never the lie. I was on my own, no longer a child. No one saw my pain and no one comforted me.”

An elegantly rendered memoir of a Pittsburgh childhood, Anna Strosser’s My Charles Street evokes the textures, the very feel, of the place where Irish immigrants settled, worked, and raised their families in the early twentieth century. By turns lyrical and understated, My Charles Street conjures for the reader Strosser’s family and her Irish immigrant parents and their community. A “search for the truth that lies tell,” this is the story of both an American and an Irish-American childhood and time in our history when “life was a series of happenings.”

Reviewed by Patricia O’Hara, Ph.D.
Professor of English Literature
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

8.5 X 5.5 - 156 pages
Perfect Bind
Price: $19.95

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