I mean, that's--you know, there's no--never any answers to that. Well, they do now, definitely, 'cause Now Whitey--I--I think what's interesting about his involvement with the FBI is that--to me anyway, is that he--it's not just, you know, y--working with a low-level criminal to get information about higher, more-dangerous criminals.
They all had these Irish faces and--and--and even dressed like a lot of my old neighbors and--and smoked as much as a lot of my neighbors w--you know, a lot of people in--in south Boston smoke, and same thing in Ireland and especially up there in--in the troubled place like the Gavahie Road.
We had it made now. Back to Cathy for a second. Who were the project rats? After a while she ended up in the project and so forth and--and she was divorced. She just wore big coats and held her big leather pocketbook in front of her stomach whenever she went to their house, among those lace curtain Irish neighbors in West Roxbury.
Most of us had our own bedroom, and I had a feeling we would be in Old Colony forever. What is the only thing Helen kept from her relationship with Bob King?
What hap--what happened to Karen? And that just led to me eventually wanting to go even deeper into my story, 'cause a lot of times I use my family's story as an activist to raise awareness, to do work against gun violence, to do work on youth development in the communities.
As--as I said, I got involved as an activist in those neighborhoods, eventually brought it back to south Boston in when I moved back to south Boston, took a lot of the experiences I have learned in the black and Latino neighborhoods about community organizing and about telling the truth back to south Boston.
My students often remark that they felt like a kindred spirit to Michael MacDonald and that he inspired them to continue to persevere.
And when I finally went back to Latin School, of course, they--they said that I would probably need to be kept back the following year.
Why was it so hard to get justice? And my little brothers spent all their teen-age years out in Colorado, and as a result, are completely different people leading completely different lives than they might have led had they stayed in south Boston.
My mother was kind of like the black sheep of the family. And when I was older, my little brothers used to refer to the--the liquor store at the end of our street as the Irish mafia store. Yeah, one of the people I would meet in the hospital was my grandfather.
I think that they--they had a very Irish father-daughter relationship. It was--it was just amazing that--you know, going through these people and--and remembering them visiting her and remembering them for their loyalties to her, but also realizing that so many of those people that--that--that, you know, had such a--a good side to them also possibly had a--a--a shady side or a--you know, things that it would lead to.
I sent her up to Ma, and she soon came back downstairs, folding up her empty bags.
And--and as a teen-ager, the two of them hung out and got into trouble together, and she ended up dead; kind of a mysterious deaths--death. He was a good kid that ended up, like a lot of people of that generation, hanging himself.
I just had to brush off the bad things she said about Ma, and now I had to ignore her frowning gaze at Seamus. I remember how clean and fresh he smelled even when he spit up on my shoulder.
What's the story about her coming to, after being in a coma for five months? She was a local kleptomaniac who went door to door with shopping bags selling stolen goods to a lot of the families, including my mother, and--and--clothes for the kids and so forth at a big discount.
Now all these people visited your sister over that five-month period? Ireland is this incredibly progressive country where peop--you know, the economy is moving forward. Mary and Joe are twins. Those things are black things. His memoir is a tale of triumph over adversity and strength and courage in bleakest of times.Mr.
MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD (Author, "All Souls"): It's a story of growing up in south Boston in the Old Colony Housing Project.
It's my family's story growing up in a neighborhood where there were three large housing projects, mostly populated by Irish-American families, a lot of single-parent, female-headed households.
A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. The anti-busing riots of forever changed Southie, Boston’s working class Irish /5(92).
Mr. MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD (Author, "All Souls"): It's a story of growing up in south Boston in the Old Colony Housing Project. It's my family's story growing up in a neighborhood where there were three large housing projects, mostly populated by Irish-American families, a lot of single-parent, female-headed households.
All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood--rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots--with the highest concentration of white poverty in America.
MacDonald’s nimble prose and detailed recall of grim times long past make for luminous reading; his hard-won conception of how ghettoized poverty spawns localized violence, and the dignity he brings to lives snuffed out in chaos, gives All Souls a moral urgency usually lacking in current memoir or crime prose.
A breakaway best seller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America.Download