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Welcome To Shirley (09 Edition)by Kelly Mcmasters
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Shirley seemed to be doomed from the beginning. Founded by a Vaudevillian huckster who touted it as a seaside haven despite the sand bar that blocks access to the shore, the town has been plagued by one disaster after another—a UFO, a childhood cancer cluster, and a mysterious federal nuclear laboratory in nearby Brookhaven that leaked toxic nuclear and chemical waste into the aquifer from which the residents unknowingly drew their well water.
This is Kelly McMasters' account of growing up in a cursed town and loving it anyway, and of a girl's awakening to tragedy and to a sense of mission. Told in a deliciously engaging voice, Welcome to Shirley balances the bitter with the sweet, the funny with the infuriating, in an unforgettable story of working class Long Island.
McMasters' account of growing up in a cursed town and loving it anyway is told in an engaging voice, balancing the bitter with the sweet, the funny with the infuriating, in a story of working class Long Island.
In a down-and-out service town to the glittering Hamptons, a shadow falls over a girl's magical childhood
About the Author
Kelly McMasters teaches creative writing at Columbia University and Pratt Institute and is the co-director of the KGB Nonfiction Reading Series in New York.
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