The Crazyladies of Pearl Street

The Crazyladies of Pearl Street

A Novel

Book - 2005 | First paperback edition
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Six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and his spirited but vulnerable young mother have been abandoned—again—by his father, a charming con artist. With no money and nowhere else to go, the LaPointes create a fragile nest in a tenement building at 238 North Pearl Street in Albany, New York. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and Second World War, they live in the heart of the Irish slum, surrounded by ward heelers, unemployment, and grinding poverty. Pearl Street is also home to a variety of “crazyladies”: Miss Cox, the feared and ridiculed teacher who ignites Jean-Luc’s imagination; Mrs. Kane, who runs a beauty parlor/fortune-telling salon in the back of her husband’s grocery store; Mrs. Meehan, the desperate, harried matriarch of a thuggish family across the street; lonely Mrs. McGivney, who spends every day tending to her catatonic husband, a veteran of the Great War; and Jean-Luc’s own unconventional, vivacious mother. Colorful though it is, Jean-Luc never stops dreaming of a way out of the slum, and his mother’s impossible expectations are both his driving force and his burden.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2005]
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 1400080371 (pbk.)
9781400080373 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC TREVANIAN
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Crazy ladies of Pearl Street


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Oct 21, 2010

Great Depression-era memoir from a child's perspective, raised by a single mother.


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