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Hungry Hill
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On a sweltering June night in 1959, Betty O'Malley died from lymphatic cancer, leaving behind an alcoholic husband and eight shell-shocked children—seven sons and one daughter, ranging in age from two to fifteen years. The daughter, Carole, was thirteen at the time. In this poignant memoir, she recalls in vivid detail the chaotic course of her family life over the next four years. The setting for the story is Hungry Hill, an Irish-Catholic working-class neighborhood in Springfield , Massachusetts . The author recounts her sad and turbulent story with remarkable clarity, humor, and insight, punctuating the narrative with occasional fictional scenes that allow the adult Carole to comment on her teenage experiences and to probe the impact of her mother's death and her father's alcoholism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Limelight
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Chapter 1 - Last Rites
  2. pp. 5-11
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  1. Mother’s Day 1992
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. Chapter 2 - Gone
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. Chapter 3 - God Takes the Saints Early
  2. pp. 18-27
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  1. Chapter 4 - Chocolate Cake
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. Chapter 5 - Perfect Skin
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. Chapter 6 - Anne of Green Gables
  2. pp. 38-43
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  1. Chapter 7 - Graduation Dress
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. Chapter 8 - Honor and Privilege
  2. pp. 51-56
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  1. Chapter 9 - Complete Change of Scene
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. Chapter 10 - Kelsey Point
  2. pp. 60-65
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  1. Chapter 11 - The Boys at the Corner Drugstore
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. Chapter 12 - My Mother’s Closet
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. Saint Michael’s Cemetery
  2. pp. 76-80
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  1. Chapter 13 - The Boys’ Bathing Suits Are Missing
  2. pp. 80-85
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  1. Chapter 14 - An Evening of Informal Modeling
  2. pp. 86-89
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  1. Chapter 15 - The Jewel of the Diocese
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. Chapter 16 - The Dark Horse
  2. pp. 92-94
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  1. Chapter 17 - Campaign
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Chapter 18 - The Dating Scene
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. Chapter 19 - Cheerleading and Candy Striping
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. Chapter 20 - Clip-on Tie
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Chapter 21 - Auxilium Latinum
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. Chapter 22 - A Buyer of Sofas
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. Mother’s Day 1993 [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Chapter 23 - The Doctor’s Revelation
  2. pp. 117-121
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  1. Chapter 24 - Casanova at the Beach
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. Chapter 25 - Stage, Left, Stage Right, Entrances and Exits
  2. pp. 130-137
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  1. Armistice Day 1994
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. Chapter 26 - Party Time
  2. pp. 140-147
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  1. Chapter 27 - Joey, the Bird
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Chapter 28 - Fledgling Journalist and Mad Scientist
  2. pp. 150-154
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  1. Chapter 29 - Under the Knife
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Chapter 30 - Dress-up Day
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. Chapter 31 - Sweet and Sour Times: Easter, the Election and (Step)Mother’s Day
  2. pp. 162-167
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  1. Chapter 32 - Fifteen Forever
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Chapter 33 - The Ambush
  2. pp. 170-176
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  1. Chapter 34 - Planning for the Future
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Chapter 35 - Lil’ Kiss
  2. pp. 180-183
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  1. Chapter 36 - Skidding
  2. pp. 184-188
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  1. Chapter 37 - Snowbound
  2. pp. 188-191
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  1. Chapter 38 - Down the Drain
  2. pp. 192-196
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  1. Chapter 39 - Hold the Fort
  2. pp. 196-199
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  1. Chapter 40 - Imperfect Prayers
  2. pp. 200-202
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  1. Chapter 41 - A Yellowed Cheek
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Chapter 42 - Cashmere Sport Coat
  2. pp. 207-211
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  1. Chapter 43 - Dr. Blackmer’s Magic
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Chapter 44 - Job Market
  2. pp. 215-219
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  1. Chapter 45 - Bargain Tables
  2. pp. 220-222
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  1. Chapter 46 - Beautiful
  2. pp. 222-224
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  1. Chapter 47 - A Ten-Second Phone Call
  2. pp. 224-225
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  1. Chapter 48 - Rich Woman Someday
  2. pp. 226-230
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  1. Chapter 49 - Handbag
  2. pp. 230-233
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  1. Chapter 50 - Best Tunafish
  2. pp. 234-238
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  1. Scotch and Soda—A Transcription
  2. pp. 238-249
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  1. Chapter 51 - Only a Dish
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. Chapter 52 - Term Projects
  2. pp. 253-255
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  1. Chapter 53 - Runaway
  2. pp. 256-260
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  1. Chapter 54 - Prom Fever
  2. pp. 261-268
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  1. The Nuclear Option
  2. pp. 268-272
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  1. Chapter 55 - We’ll Remember Always Graduation Day
  2. pp. 273-275
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  1. Epilogue: Fade Out
  2. pp. 276-279
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Back Cover
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