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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alphie McCourt Narrator: Alphie McCour Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This memoir of the youngest McCourt begins between the borders of Canada and the United States. Because of a technical hitch in immigration law, Alphie, in town to play a rugby match with his mates, finds himself shanghaied in no man's land. This was not the first, or the last, time Alphie will be on unsteady ground.

Alphie McCourt was born in Limerick, Ireland, where his father's departure left misery behind for the family. His loneliness only grew deeper and wider as each of his older brothers (Frank, Malachy and Michael) left for America; so in the year 1959, Alphie followed them.

Alphie's adolescence in New York was marked by aimlessness, and too much drink. Briefly returning to Ireland and study law, he returned to America only three years later, where this time he settled in California, discovering marijuana and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Returning to his immigrant roots in New York City, Alphie reencounters the beautiful Upper East Side Lynn,and marries her in 1975, in a raucous ceremony attended by both priest and rabbi. Success followed by hardship in business ventures color several of the following years. Then, one night, on Route 80 in New Jersey, drunk, full of despair and driving through the snow, Alphie has an epiphany.

Today Alphie rises in the morning, at time when he used to go to bed. With a New York City dawn still lingering, he monitors the Empire State Building, in all its moods and colors, and knows he has finally landed on firm ground. He is home. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 9/1/2013

    " I wrote a review for this book for Library Journal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kjes | 7/26/2013

    " the third McCourt writes his memoir; this one has not much to say. He comes to NY after the older two, flounders in various jobs, eventually does very well in restaurant business, but then that falls apart. the end, basically. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anne-Louise | 9/16/2012

    " Thought this might be good, as I really enjoyed his brother's works. I was also thinking it would be more about his childhood in Ireland. Big disappointment "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Margery | 8/17/2011

    " Complete waste of trees. Not even worth one star. The author is a failed bartender, restauranteur, alcoholic, son and now author - simply riding on the coat tails of brothers Frank and Malachy. "

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About the Author

Alphie McCourt is the youngest of the McCourt brothers, who gained fame through works such as A Monk Swimming and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angela’s Ashes. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Villager, the Limerick Leader, and Irons Magazine. McCourt currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.