By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Joe Queenanas Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic father, a violent yet oddly charming emotional terrorist whose alcoholism fuels a limitless torrent of self-pity, railing, destruction, and late-night chats with the Lord Himself. With the help of a series of mentors and surrogate fathers, and armed with his own furious love of books and music, Joe begins the long flight away from the dismal confines of his neighbourhood a with a brief misbegotten stop at a seminary a and into the wider world. Closing Time is an unforgettable account of the damage done to children by parents without futures and of the grace children find to move beyond these experiences. aClosing Time is unmistakably a tale of triumph, vindication and revenge . . . [an] enlightening account of the ways in which we are all, to some extent, casualties of our own childhoods.a Sarah Churchwell, Guardian aA brutally executed coming-of-age storya Esquire aWill have readers crying tears of both sorrow and hilaritya BooklistAnd if anything in the way of roofing or gutter repair needed to be done, Johnny was your man. Uncle Johnny was the prototypical youngster who fell in with the wrong crowd at age fourteen or fifteen and henceforth was always in Dutch.
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