Reviewed by Stefanie Rosenboom
Me and Mine is one of those books that will remind you of your own family.
Set in the 1950’s, this book is a collection of anecdotes from a family of Irish immigrants trying to find their place in post-war England.
The central character is the author herself, who retells the tale of how her parents, grandmothers, uncles and aunts first came over to England separately and how each fared in their new homeland. Every life subject is tackled and told in such a way that you come to think of these people as your own family. The stories are quirky and funny, sometimes sad or scary, but always ending in the insight that, in the end, you need your family to fall back on.
The author has a great sense of humor and a natural aptitude for telling stories in a juicy way. The sense of Irish joy for life, even in misery and poverty, permeates the pages and makes you envious of the close ties and the enormous strength of character these people possessed.
I ended up lending the book to my own family members who in turn passed it on in the family chain. Each one loved and recognised some of the stories from their own experiences.
This book will brighten your day and still makes you weep at the ending, leaving you to wonder at what happened next. Being curious by nature I researched her on the internet. Rest assured, she is still alive and has her own blog (and is enjoying Wimbledon as I type this.
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