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Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have ’Tis, the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this “classless country,” and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank’s incomparable voice—his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue—that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should “stick to their own kind” once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela’s Ashes, “It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best.” Frank McCourt's ’Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

Review:

"'Tis has those elements that made Angela's Ashes such a success — the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tic and torment, the intuitive feel for character and, above all, the love of language and that very Irish understanding that words are our only weapon in our long quarrel with God." Peter Collier, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"'Tis is, finally, a triumphant American story — the triumph of a teacher...of a writer whose words we can't wait to read." Jackie Jones Bleecker, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"The sophomore slump does not afflict McCourt in this fantastic follow-up to Angela's Ashes." Talk Magazine

Review:

"While not as tightly structured as his Pulitzer Prize?winning Angela's Ashes (1996), the irrepressible McCourt's follow-up memoir has the same driving rhythm, charm, and infectious humor that so captivated readers of the earlier installment." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"There is no unspoiled Eden in McCourt's bleak urban view, which is seldom bleak in the telling.... This is a refreshing Frank McCourt — learned, ever so thoughtful." Maureen Howard, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice — his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue — that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach — and to write — that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

About the Author

Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

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phertyl, June 1, 2006 (view all comments by phertyl)
I absolutely loved this book AND Frank McCourt. I am saddened at the way people had to live back in the 1930's because, in its own way, my childhood was just as miserable. There is nothing worse than being a 1950's bi-racial child, unless it's a bi-racial child who has a physically abusive mother, unless it's a bi-racial child who has an an abusive and morbidly obese mother that I used to sometimes tell people was my babysitter, unless it's a bi-racial child with an abusive, morbidly obese mother who is also being raised as a Jehovah's Witness. I understand what it means to be a victim of circumstances. I was the middle child and I bore my mother's pain, frustrations and disappointments in life. I do not know what it is like to feel loved by one's own mother, which in some ways makes my childhood even worse than Frank McCourt's. You get the sense that at least Frank's parents loved their kids. Anyway, great book but I do have to say that I think his brother, Malachy, is a better writer. Frank just knows how to minimize his pain.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684865744
Author:
McCourt, Frank
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
McCourt, Frank
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Subject:
ireland, irish, immigrant, great depression, pulitzer, memoir, national book critics circle, book critics circle, family, family saga, colm toibin, toibin, stuyvesant high school, malaky mccourt, angela s ashes, teacher man, education, immigration, surviv
Subject:
ireland, irish, immigrant, great depression, pulitzer, memoir, national book critics circle, book critics circle, family, family saga, colm toibin, toibin, stuyvesant high school, malaky mccourt, angela s ashes, teacher man, education, immigration, surviv
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
August 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.655 oz

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Product details 368 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684865744 Reviews:
"Review" by , "'Tis has those elements that made Angela's Ashes such a success — the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tic and torment, the intuitive feel for character and, above all, the love of language and that very Irish understanding that words are our only weapon in our long quarrel with God."
"Review" by , "'Tis is, finally, a triumphant American story — the triumph of a teacher...of a writer whose words we can't wait to read."
"Review" by , "The sophomore slump does not afflict McCourt in this fantastic follow-up to Angela's Ashes."
"Review" by , "While not as tightly structured as his Pulitzer Prize?winning Angela's Ashes (1996), the irrepressible McCourt's follow-up memoir has the same driving rhythm, charm, and infectious humor that so captivated readers of the earlier installment."
"Review" by , "There is no unspoiled Eden in McCourt's bleak urban view, which is seldom bleak in the telling.... This is a refreshing Frank McCourt — learned, ever so thoughtful."
"Synopsis" by ,

Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice — his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue — that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach — and to write — that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

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