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The Clancys of Queens : a memoir

by Clancy, Tara, 1980- (Author)

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Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working-class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other we... Full description

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Summary: Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working-class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend. From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother, to brawling with eleven-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172, to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs next to an immaculate croquet lawn, to holding court beside Joey O'Dirt, Goiter Eddy, and Roger the Dodger at her dad's local bar, Tara leapfrogs across these varied spheres, delivering stories from each world with originality, grit, and outrageous humor. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of New York City, it offers a bold portrait of real people, whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures--an inimitable prose--the rarely heard voices of New York's working-class women. -- adapted from book jacket.
Physical Description: 247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781101903117 (hardcover)
1101903112 (hardcover)
Author Notes:

Tara Clancy's writing has appeared in The New York Times , The Paris Review Daily , The New York Times Magazine , and The Rumpus . She has told several stories on The Moth Radio Hour, and has hosted their live shows in New York City and throughout the country. Her stories have also been featured on NPR's Snap Judgment , Risk! and The Story Collider, among other programs. Tara was born and raised in Queens. This is her first book.

www.taraclancy.com


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