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Irish liberation
O'Connor, Ulick, compiler.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press [1974]
Physical Description:
225 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
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Booklist Review

In 1956, when he's 12, Craig McMullen runs in front of a truck and loses a leg. That same year, his Uncle Wayne comes home from the navy to a household abandoned by Craig's neurotic father. At first the injured boy idolizes his uncle, but after Wayne's plans to set up in business with a navy pal fail and he starts drinking, Craig becomes disaffected. When Wayne is caught in a raid of a homosexually active restroom, Craig's testimony, corroborating lies he's told a friend, clinches conviction. The following winter, Craig's dad kidnaps and nearly kills him. Years later, Craig seeks out Wayne and finds a mentally broken man cared for by the old navy buddy. Realizing his responsibility for the breakdown and trying to overcome the love-hate between men that has marred his life, he moves to make amends. End of story, which Whitmore has Craig tell in an oral style authenticated by grammatical lapses accurately reflecting his proletarian status. Only occasionally does Whitmore let Craig speak more literarily than is credible, and never does he let him lose the naivete that makes this cautionary tale of homophobia so subtly powerful. RO. [OCLC] 87-12113

Publisher's Weekly Review

``The bleak events that scar young Craig McMullen's life are captured in strong, naturalistic prose in this coming-of-age novel,'' wrote PW , asserting that ``this is an effective and evocative tale, memorably told.'' (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved