Down City

Down City

A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

Book - 2017 | First hardcover edition
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"Like James Ellroy's, My Dark Places, DOWN CITY is a gripping narrative built of memory and reportage, and Leah Carroll's portrait of Rhode Island is sure to take a place next to Mary Karr's portrayal of her childhood in East Texas and David Simon's gritty Baltimore. Leah Carroll's mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections when Leah was four years old. Her father, a charming alcoholic who hurtled between depression and mania, was dead by the time she was eighteen. Why did her mother have to die? Why did the man who killed her receive such a light sentence? What darkness did Leah inherit from her parents? Leah was left to put together her own future and, now in her memoir, she explores the mystery of her parents' lives, through interviews, photos, and police records. DOWN CITY is a raw, wrenching memoir of a broken family and an indelible portrait of Rhode Island- a tiny state where the ghosts of mafia kingpins live alongside the feisty, stubborn people working hard just to get by. Heartbreaking, and mesmerizing, it's the story of a resilient young woman's determination to discover the truth about a mother she never knew and the deeply troubled father who raised her-a man who was, Leah writes, "both my greatest champion and biggest obstacle.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
Edition: First hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: electronic book
1455563315 hardcover
9781455563319 hardcover
Branch Call Number: 364.152309 CAR
Characteristics: 228 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 19, 2017

The mafia references in the summaries are bit misleading. But she chronicles her story (and her parents) in a very profound manner.

Apr 16, 2017

Leah carroll's story is stripped of sentiment and nostalgia.
Both parents gone; one dead , the other absent, Leah shunts between
Other families, while longing ,but unable to connect to her own.
She writes simply and succeeds at it.


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