Publish Date: January 1, 2012
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Peach kids have had it rough. Their mom dies. So then they live with Grandma and Dad. Grandma dies. Dad spends all his time either working or drinking. Dad dies. Then the oldest Peach child (Teddy at 18yo) takes on the responsibilities of raising the younger ones - Joanie, Dancer, Beeker and Joey.
The characters seemed a bit awkward to me, but perhaps it's because the setting is over 50 years ago. Religion plays a huge part in this story and that might be what's putting me off. I understand that in the 1960's religion may have played a much bigger part in some homes, this is decidedly a Catholic household. The parish priest, Father Sullivan, seems to have a big impact on the children in the week after their father dies and while they're planning the funeral.
I did, however, like the glimpses of 1960's life in the Bronx.
Like I always say - this is my opinion of the book and you might like it better. Just keep in mind that it does have a strong religious tone.
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