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The McCourts made the wrong decision when they decided to move back to Ireland because America was just starting to get back on its feet and become more stable, there were a lot of job opportunities and unions coming up in Ireland so there was really no opportunity for change....

The first 19 years of life for Frank McCourt, the author of the 364 page biography Angela's Ashes, were very difficult and full of change.
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Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Thus begins the highly celebrated memoir by the name of Angela's Ashes, written by Frank McCourt.

McCourt, who for many years taught writing in a New York public high school, waited for over forty years to write about his troubled youth....
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In the novel Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt, the characters are greatly discriminated against by all different parts of society because of their poverty....

Angela's Ashes is written from the perspective of Angela's first-born son, Francis McCourt, the author of the novel.
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“When I look back on my childhood,” McCourt said in Angela’s Ashes, “I wonder how I survived it at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: The happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

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In fact, Frank McCourt ended up to be one of the Church’s principal public antagonists. He delighted in delivering bawdy riffs against what he saw as the church’s hypocrisy, cruelty and joylessness. “I was so angry for so long, I could hardly have a conversation without getting into an argument,” he once said.

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Fr. Maury Chase began his street ministry when he was a fund raising assistant to the president of Loyola Marymount University. His job was to persuade potential donors to write checks to the university. Through his friendship with actress Irene Dunne, he hit the Los Angeles party circuit and became known as “the society priest.” He was frequently mentioned in social columns. He provided photos and information to the editors at the Los Angeles Times to help the paper prepare its society columns.

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The paper shows how McCourt’s mother,
Angela, held the family together through crisis after crisis, and
contributed to the formation of her sons’ character.

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Shelley Wood worked for more than a decade as a medical journalist before trying her hand at fiction. Her short stories, creative nonfiction, travel writing, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room, carte blanche, Bath Flash Fiction, and The Globe and Mail. She has won the Tethered by Letters F(r)iction contest, the Okanagan Short Story Contest, and the Cobalt Review‘s Frank McCourt prize for creative nonfiction. As a health reporter and editor, Wood has won several Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the U.S. Online News Award for Specialty Site journalism, and the National Institute of Health Care Management (U.S.) print journalism prize. She is also the host of the prize-winning Heart Sounds podcast. Shelley is currently working on her first novel.