After the Falls

After the Falls

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
Catherine Gildiner recounts her remarkable coming-of-age in the 1960s with the same wit, candour and exhilarating storytelling that has madeToo Close to the Falls a modern classic.

When Cathy McClure is thirteen years old, her parents make the bold decision to move to suburban Buffalo in hopes that it will help Cathy focus on her studies and stay out of trouble. But “normal” has never been Cathy’s forte, and leaving Niagara Falls and Catholic school behind does nothing to quell her spirited nature. As the 1960s dramatically unfold, Cathy takes on many personas — cheerleader, vandal, HoJo hostess, civil rights demonstrator — with the same gusto she exhibited as a child working split shifts in her father’s pharmacy. But when tragedy strikes, it is her role as daughter that proves to be most challenging.

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307398222
Branch Call Number: BIO Gildiner GIL
Characteristics: xiii, 344 p. :,ill., ports. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 07, 2017

The author writes about her growing up in the 1960s, a time period that matched my own coming of age. She is an excellent writer whose experiences I could relate to. A good read.

Wonderful story. Many of us have had a hard childhood but this one was very unusual. And such a betrayal of trust, yet she muddles through and gets to Oxford and moves to Toronto. It puts some of my own adolescent mistakes and embarrassments in perspective. What an amazing woman. i am so glad she wrote this follow up memoire.
A great book for ladies book club

May 05, 2013

great book! lots of 60s turmoil, teenage years, college years.....i love her style of writing and the whole story......loved it

Dec 29, 2010

I'm not sure why I found this woman's life so interesting, but I found this book to be a real page-turner. The writing is engaging and funny and, unlike some memoirs of unknown people, she made me care about what was happening in her life. The transition from the calm controlledness of the 50s to the turmoil and change of the 60s was palpable.

Dec 18, 2010

I loved the book, which is the sequel to the " Too Close to the Falls" by Catharine Gildiner. It is well written to the point. Lots of metaphors like the first one. Even though it is a sequel one could easily read the second book without reading the first since her childhood is briefly summarized at the beginning. Life of a high school and college student in 1960's. The meeting with Howard Jonhson (without realizing) while she was working as a hostess at one of the Howard Jonhson's restaurants is hilarious.

Sep 21, 2010

An excellent follow-up to her first book, 'Too Close to the Falls'. I found this to be as entertaining as the first and couldn't put it down. It's hard to imagine a little girl (and subsequently, a teenager) with so much spunk, tenacity and life. And... If you need more, the author is working on a third and final book, to be released next year. I can't wait!

tanner Jun 02, 2010

make that pod cast -
coming soon to adult events

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