Angela's Ashes

Author: Frank McCourt
Reviewer's Age: Grade 10

The novel Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt, is easily one of the best books that I have ever read. It is about the life of a little Irish boy and the hardships that he faces throughout his life. Young Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn. His parents had a hard time getting by and it was extremely difficult for the Irish to find jobs. Even when his father did he would somehow manage to drink his wages away. After the death of his baby sister Mary, Frankie's parents decided that it would be best to move back to Ireland. In moving back to Limerick the McCourts were probably only one of a very few families to say good bye to the Statue of Liberty. Frankie's father continued to have trouble finding work, because he was from Northern Ireland, and people from Northern Ireland and from Ireland don't like each other. Over all this book is packed with misfortunes for this young man. I recommend it to anyone with ancestors from Ireland.