Stunning reissue of the phenomenal worldwide bestseller: Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the 30s and in Ireland in the 40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums - too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brings the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds. Written with the vitality and resonance of a work of fiction, and with a remarkable absence of sentimentality, 'Angela's Ashes' is imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's distinctive humour and compassion. Out of terrible circumstances, he has created a glorious book in the tradition of Ireland's literary masters, which bears all the marks of a great classic.
Frank McCourt wurde 1930 in Brooklyn in New York als Kind irischer Einwanderer geboren, wuchs in Limerick in Irland auf und kehrte 1949 nach Amerika zurück. Dreißig Jahre lang hat er an New Yorker High Schools unterrichtet. Für sein erstes Buch, "Die Asche meiner Mutter", 1996 erschienen, erhielt er den Pulitzerpreis, den National Book Critics Circle Award und den L.A. Times Book Award. Frank McCourt verstarb im Juli 2009.