January 21, 2000
Frank McCourt recalls his hardscrabble childhood in Ireland. While his father was often absent and usually an abusive alcoholic when he was present, his mother struggled to keep the family together. She had issues of her own to deal with, and her relationship with Frank and her other children was not always perfect, but she still sustained them through their childhoods, enabling them to make their own way as adults. The story follows Frank through his childhood and early adulthood, ending with his arrival in America. Along the way, it shows many juvenile adventures. While there is a lot of sadness in his life, he also finds joy, particularly in literature and storytelling, a gift he would go on to share with millions of people.