The Clancys of Queens: A Memoir by Tara Clancy was recommended to me by another blogger who enjoys many of the same books I do. This is a hilarious, well-written story told by a woman who was raised in New York and spent much of her early life being shuffled between divorced parents – a mother with a wealthy boyfriend, to her father, a stereotypical Irish cop, to her huge family of Italian relatives.
Using many strong words in Italian and English, Tara captures the frenetic energy of her youth and relatives. Her unusual life being jostled from one home to another is humorous in many ways, but also leads to a lack of permanence and stability. The story is lighthearted with an undercurrent of turmoil which led the author to act out at home and in school. Surprisingly, Tara ended upright after reading Shakespeare and discovering her passion for literature. As in many cases, education and a good mentor can change lives for the better.
Even though this isn’t one of the best memoirs I have read, I enjoyed much of it and thank my blogger friend for recommending it to me. It provided me with many belly laughs and those are difficult to come by!