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OConnell Boy

Tom OConnell

Published May 7th 2010
ISBN : 9780962031861
Paperback
334 pages
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The OConnell Boy: Educating The Wolf Child is a vivid coming-of-age memoir that tells graphically of the authors wolf child youth in a group home with five other boys from broken homes. The home is operated by a very strict lace curtain IrishMoreThe OConnell Boy: Educating The Wolf Child is a vivid coming-of-age memoir that tells graphically of the authors wolf child youth in a group home with five other boys from broken homes. The home is operated by a very strict lace curtain Irish Catholic widow who could have functioned as a U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant. Mrs. White is a perfectionist disciplinarian with a middle class lifestyle in an extremely Irish Boston suburb. After release from the group home at age 14 he spends his high school years with lackadaisical Irish Granny OConnell on the other side of the tracks next to a railroad station in the blighted section of another Boston suburb. In a caddie shack at a nearby golf course he is exposed to tales of sexual prowess and extreme initiation rituals. He experiences nearly unlimited freedom. With wit and irony, OConnell uses candid dialogue and descriptions to tell his unusual story of highly disciplined group home life and his later freedom to engage in an ongoing battle of wits with his aging grandmother. This memoir delivers a trip back in time to the 1930s and 1940s, touches on an orphans feelings of abandonment, and provides scenes of growing up that range from the outrageous to the sublime.