The Clancys of Queens: A Review

Growing up into various parts of society can make a difference in a kid’s life. Tara Clancy writes about her experiences in Queens, NY and in Bridgehampton, a more upscale part of town. Like a whole new universe. But the change was a good one in every way.

Tara writes about living with her dad and mom on alternate weekends and the differences between those weekends. She and her dad live in boat shed of a house, with little privacy but a lot of love. She and her friends made up things to do outside and weren’t attached to the television. I enjoyed reading about how her dad would take to a particular bar and there he’s see his girlfriend and other regulars there. An extension of her Italian family.

Weekends with her mom were spent in Bridgehampton, with a successful businessman named Mark. I like this guy. He is down to earth and doesn’t seem to mind the working class background of Tara’s mom. In fact I think he helps Tara expand her train of thought with the “stars and moon” discussions they have before she goes to bed. If not for him, she might would have just felt life didn’t go past where she was brought up.

Tara’s memoir also includes various family members like her grandmother and grandfather and other relatives who helped shape her life. I love that they tried to teach her about life in their own way and how to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly. Love that Tara finds in inspiration in play called King Lear which I think jump starts the love of writing. Her down to earth, real life memoir is fantastic and offers another view into the life of someone who lives in less fortunate circumstances. I personally am jealous of the bar friends, I think they are awesome. To me her life was rich with love and family and good friends.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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