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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Clancy Narrator: Tara Clancy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781524703073
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Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-time author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty, Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend.

This childhood triptych comes to life in The Clancys of Queens, an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir.

From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother, to brawling with eleven-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172, to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs beside an immaculate croquet lawn, to holding court beside Joey O’Dirt, Goiter Eddy, and Roger the Dodger at her Dad’s local bar, Tara leapfrogs across these varied spheres, delivering stories from each world with originality, grit, and outrageous humor.

But The Clancys of Queens is not merely an authentic coming-of-age tale or a rowdy barstool biography. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of this city, it offers a bold portrait of real people, people whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures—in inimitable prose—the rarely-heard voices of New York’s working-class women.

With a light touch but a hard hit, The Clancys of Queens blends savvy and wit to take us on an unforgettable strata-hopping adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hilarious love letter to my favorite city and to working class families everywhere.”

    Stephen Adly Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright

  • “From her first utterance, Tara Clancy evokes belly laughs as she recounts her uncommon life from ages five to eighteen…Clancy’s character portrayals are convincing, with the standouts being her dynamic, droll father and hilarious Grandma Riccobono, whose colorful curses and outsize personality overshadow even Clancy. Listeners will enthusiastically join Clancy at her dad’s local bar, in a limo enroute to the Hamptons, and in a number of locations during her ‘lost’ teen years in which she found herself by stumbling onto a copy of King Lear. In the epilogue she introduces her wife and two kids, making listeners sad to leave a delightful friend. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Tara Clancy’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, the New York Times Magazine, and the Rumpus. She has told several stories on the MothRadio Hour, and has hosted their live shows in New York City and throughout the country. Her stories have also been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment, Risk!, and the Story Collider, among other programs. Tara was born and raised in Queens and now lives in Manhattan with her wife and two sons.