A poignant memoir about one intrepid, unforgettable girl and her extraordinary childhood in 1950s small-town America
Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the middle of the 1950s in Lewiston, New York, a small and sleepy American town very near Niagara Falls. No one is divorced. Mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon and children pop Pez candy and swing from vines over a local gorge. But at the tender age of four, it becomes clear to her Cathy's parents that their rambunctious daughter is no ordinary child and they soon put her "to work" at her father's pharmacy. Already able to read road maps, she accompanies Roy the deliveryman on his routes. In memories that are by turns hilarious and deeply moving, she shares some of her more fantastic deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle, and painfully lonely operator of the town dump.
Shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Trillium Award, Too Close to the Falls is sure to delight fans of smart, honest, and poignant childhood memoirs such as Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club. It is a beautiful portrait of a life so full it is bursting, written through the innocent, yet incredibly worldly eyes of a child.
©1999, 2009 ECW Pres. First chapter of After the Falls copyright Knopf Canada, 2009 (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The characters are great and the perspective is as well! I grew up not too far away from Niagara Falls so am familiar with the landscape and culture. Fun, witty book that was well worded!
Katherine, I loved to hear how she thought and how she embraced being herself. Fearless, fun character!
I also enjoyed Roy and Sister Agnes. The narration was fun!
I wanted to! I had to listen in spurts because of my schedule, but I was so excited every time I got to press play.
The author did a great job telling her story. The characters are very well written!
the author is a wonderful story teller, and has unusual and fascinating material to work with in this memoir. being from western NY and knowing Lewiston well just adds to the charm. she captures characters vividly. this needs to be a movie, and Morgan Freeman needs to play Roy!
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