Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

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Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived.

At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She shares some of their memorable deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the Falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest.
 

About Catherine Gildiner

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CATHERINE GILDINER has been a clinical psychologist in private practice for many years. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by ECW Press. 380 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Now a successful clinical psychologist with a monthly advice column in the popular Canadian magazine Chatelaine, Gildiner tells of her childhood in 1950s Lewiston, N.Y., a small town near Niagara Fall

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Now a successful clinical psychologist with a monthly advice column in the popular Canadian magazine Chatelaine, Gildiner tells of her childhood in 1950s Lewiston, N.Y., a small town near Niagara Fall

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If her inquisitors had been this relentlessly devious, it was no wonder she finally said, 'Just burn me at the stake.'" As an ex-Catholic, I found Cathy's religious growth throughout the book and eventual disaffection for the Catholic Church most interesting.

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