After the Falls

After the Falls

Book - 2010
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The vivid and touching sequel to the bestselling memoir Too Close to the Falls .

It's 1960 and twelve-year-old Cathy McClure has just been thrown out of Catholic school for-among other transgressions-filling the holy water fount with vodka. In the hopes of giving Cathy a fresh start away from their small town, the McClures leave behind Niagara Falls and the family pharmacy to start over in suburban Buffalo. But life in a subdivision and a school filled with "pubescent cheddar" holds little appeal for a girl who began working at four and smoking at nine. As the quaint world of 1950s America recedes into history, Cathy dives headfirst into the 1960s. Along the way, she adopts many personas with gusto-vandal, HoJo hostess, FBI suspect, civil rights demonstrator- but when tragedy strikes at home, Cathy must take on her most challenging role yet.

As candid and compelling as Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Jeanette Walls's The Glass Castle, After the Falls is an irresistible account of one girl's comingof-age during a tumultuous era and the moving tale of a rebellious spirit learning what it means to be a daughter.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670022052
Branch Call Number: 974.797 GILDINER
Characteristics: xvii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Jul 07, 2017

The author writes about her growing up in the 1960s, a time period that matched my own coming of age. She is an excellent writer whose experiences I could relate to. A good read.

Wonderful story. Many of us have had a hard childhood but this one was very unusual. And such a betrayal of trust, yet she muddles through and gets to Oxford and moves to Toronto. It puts some of my own adolescent mistakes and embarrassments in perspective. What an amazing woman. i am so glad she wrote this follow up memoire.
A great book for ladies book club

May 05, 2013

great book! lots of 60s turmoil, teenage years, college years.....i love her style of writing and the whole story......loved it

Dec 29, 2010

I'm not sure why I found this woman's life so interesting, but I found this book to be a real page-turner. The writing is engaging and funny and, unlike some memoirs of unknown people, she made me care about what was happening in her life. The transition from the calm controlledness of the 50s to the turmoil and change of the 60s was palpable.

Dec 18, 2010

I loved the book, which is the sequel to the " Too Close to the Falls" by Catharine Gildiner. It is well written to the point. Lots of metaphors like the first one. Even though it is a sequel one could easily read the second book without reading the first since her childhood is briefly summarized at the beginning. Life of a high school and college student in 1960's. The meeting with Howard Jonhson (without realizing) while she was working as a hostess at one of the Howard Jonhson's restaurants is hilarious.

Sep 21, 2010

An excellent follow-up to her first book, 'Too Close to the Falls'. I found this to be as entertaining as the first and couldn't put it down. It's hard to imagine a little girl (and subsequently, a teenager) with so much spunk, tenacity and life. And... If you need more, the author is working on a third and final book, to be released next year. I can't wait!

tanner Jun 02, 2010

make that pod cast -
coming soon to adult events


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