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Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

With beauty, power, and remarkable wit, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith interweaves a bittersweet portrait of growing up among the working stiffs of 1950s Hartford, Connecticut, with the chilling progress of a serial pedophile who threatens to shatter her small town's innocence. In Girls of Tender Age, Smith lovingly evokes the jubilance and chaos of life in her extended French-Italian family and the challenges of living with her brother Tyler, an autistic at a time before anyone knew what that meant. Hanging over Smith's rough-and-tumble youth is the shadow of the approaching killer who forever alters the landscape of her childhood.

Review:

"Smith's ironic narrative voice, familiar to readers of her Poppy Rice mysteries and her sensitive and witty novels, serves her well. Larger than the sum of its parts, this book illuminates a social class as it recounts a tangled story of a family and a crime." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A riveting memoir that encompasses the murder of a schoolmate by a pedophile and life with a brother who suffered from autism." People

Review:

"Smith handles this mix of crime and memoir with the same smooth blend of journalistic precision and compelling story-telling that Joan Didion demonstrated recently." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This beautiful memoir succeeds not only in recovering the author's past, but also in uncovering and ordering the few sordid facts of the crime and creating a narrative where one was not allowed to exist....Riveting and suspenseful." The Boston Globe

Review:

"With intelligence, disarming humor, and deep affection for the families and the neighborhoods of the 1950s, Girls of Tender Age speaks eloquently on behalf of children and confronts the crippling silences that damage us in any era." The Washington Post

Review:

"Like David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Girls of Tender Age peers into the dark spaces between the streetlights in a quiet residential neighborhood. Something sinister lurks just off the page, and it creeps closer and closer until the memoir's two story lines twist together....Smith's deadpan delivery and comedic timing give the narrative spark." New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, who lives in Connecticut, is the author of four previous novels, including The Book of Phoebe ("You can't help liking Phoebe, the fabulously cheeky and charming heroine." Los Angeles Times Book Review) and The Port of Missing Men ("Delightfully unexpected and offbeat...you never know what twists or turns it will take." Fannie Flagg, New York Times Book Review).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743279789
Author:
Smith, Mary Ann T
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone
Author:
Tirone Smith, Mary-Ann
Author:
Tirone Smith, Mary-Ann
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.43 oz
Age Level:
A Memoir

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Product details 320 pages Free Press - English 9780743279789 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Smith's ironic narrative voice, familiar to readers of her Poppy Rice mysteries and her sensitive and witty novels, serves her well. Larger than the sum of its parts, this book illuminates a social class as it recounts a tangled story of a family and a crime."
"Review" by , "A riveting memoir that encompasses the murder of a schoolmate by a pedophile and life with a brother who suffered from autism."
"Review" by , "Smith handles this mix of crime and memoir with the same smooth blend of journalistic precision and compelling story-telling that Joan Didion demonstrated recently."
"Review" by , "This beautiful memoir succeeds not only in recovering the author's past, but also in uncovering and ordering the few sordid facts of the crime and creating a narrative where one was not allowed to exist....Riveting and suspenseful."
"Review" by , "With intelligence, disarming humor, and deep affection for the families and the neighborhoods of the 1950s, Girls of Tender Age speaks eloquently on behalf of children and confronts the crippling silences that damage us in any era."
"Review" by , "Like David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Girls of Tender Age peers into the dark spaces between the streetlights in a quiet residential neighborhood. Something sinister lurks just off the page, and it creeps closer and closer until the memoir's two story lines twist together....Smith's deadpan delivery and comedic timing give the narrative spark."
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