44 by Peter Sheridan
Dublin Made Me

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It is half an hour before midnight in the early 1960s and snow coats the cramped, gray streets of Dublin. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, a ten-year-old boy clings to the steel rod of a television antenna. When his father urges him to turn the antenna toward England, the boy reaches up and pictures from a foreign place beam into their home. And our young hero, Peter, and his family will never be the same again. As the tumultuous 1960s unfold, the Sheridan family--Ma and Da, Frankie, the baby, Shea (later to be known to the rest of the world as Academy Award-winning film director Jim Sheridan)--forges ahead into the unknown. Young Peter experiences all of life's mysteries--sex, music, The Beatles, loss, survival, drugs, the Troubles erupting just 60 miles away in Belfast, and above all, the seductive power of the theater. In this evocative and masterful portrait, we become a member of this charming and loving family as we explore the Dublin that shapes this young boy.
"--Sharp, jazzy, hilarious and often painful . . .You'll rejoice in this wild song of a book."--Frank McCourt
 

About Peter Sheridan

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Peter Sheridan has served as director of the Abbey Theater, the Irish Arts Center, and the Irish Repertory Theater in New York, and the Los Angeles Theater Center. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Viking Adult. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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You live on in your children, but you die.” At 17, Sheridan finds the love of his life: the theater.

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Sheridan's crackling prose and details about Dublin life recall the fiction of Roddy Doyle, but this real-life story paints a brighter picture of the Irish family than does Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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