Frank McCourt’s memoir of his early years in New York and Ireland provides a heart-wrenching account of the consequences to a family of a father’s unrelenting commitment to a relationship with alcohol. It is hard to read the book and not feel some frustration, some anger, perhaps even some resentment at the father’s ongoing allegiance to his drinking. If he had stopped, all would have been different; he would have found employment, the family would have had money for food and clothing, more of the children would have survived, and the family may have stayed together. But his relationship to alcohol continued on, uninterrupted by the chaos and the fragmentation it was creating. The remainder of the family found themselves progressively isolated from each other and distanced from the world around them.
KeywordsClose Friend Social World Work Colleague Emotional Closeness Asymmetrical Nature
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