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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trevanian Narrator: Lee Leoncavallo Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Legendary writer Trevanian brings readers his most personal novel yet: a funny, deeply felt, often touching autobiographical novel destined to become a classic American coming-of-age story.

The place is Albany, New York. The year is 1936. Six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and their spirited but vulnerable young mother have been abandoned, again, by his father, a charmer and a con artist. With no money and no family willing to take them in, the LaPointes manage to create a fragile nest at 238 North Pearl Street. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and Second World War, they live in the heart of the Irish slum, with its ward heelers, unemployment, and grinding poverty. As Jean-Luc discovers, it's a neighborhood of crazyladies: Miss Cox, the feared and ridiculed teacher who ignites his imagination; Mrs. Kane, who runs a beauty parlor/fortune-telling salon in the back of her husband's grocery store; Mrs. Meehan, the desperate, harried matriarch of a thuggish family across the street; lonely Mrs. McGivney, who spends every day tending to her catatonic husband, a veteran of the Great War; and Jean-Luc's own unconventional, vivacious mother.

Jean-Luc is a voracious reader who never stops dreaming of a way out of the slum. He gradually takes on responsibility for the family's survival with a mix of bravery and resentment while his mom turns from spells of illness and depression to eager planning for the day when our ship will come in. It's a heartfelt and unforgettable look back at one child's life in the 1930s and '40s, a story that will be remembered long after it ends. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ruth | 2/18/2014

    " Good. satisfying read. Not a fan of the ending....but if it is supposed to be autobiographical...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liesl | 2/13/2014

    " This book was a pure pleasure to read. I so want to give it five stars, but it just doesn't quite measure up to those all time favorites of mine that I have rated five. But The Crazyladies of Pearl Street is still a pure delight. Are there things one can criticize about this book? Sure, if you're so inclined . . . but from the first page this book will draw you in so thoroughly that you feel you are right there with the narrator, on Pearl Street during the Great Depression. Some have said i...more This book was a pure pleasure to read. I so want to give it five stars, but it just doesn't quite measure up to those all time favorites of mine that I have rated five. But The Crazyladies of Pearl Street is still a pure delight. Are there things one can criticize about this book? Sure, if you're so inclined . . . but from the first page this book will draw you in so thoroughly that you feel you are right there with the narrator, on Pearl Street during the Great Depression. Some have said it is a difficult read because it is not a very happy book and if you look simply at the events it is an extremely unhappy book -- being poor during the depression was an awful existence. But throughout this book the love that existed within this family is a comforting presence that makes the difficult events being retold tolerable. While this book is not a comedy by any standard, it is one of the few books that have actually made me laugh out loud at points. Yes, there was humor, too, during the depression. As someone else has mentioned, you may want to have a dictionary handy when you read this, as the author pulls out a fair number of words we of less-than-genius stature are not going to recognize. The amazing thing, though, is that Trevanian weaves those words in so expertly that the prose doesn't seem forced the way it often does with authors of lesser skill. The Crazyladies of Pearl Street is beautifully written and managed to creep into my heart very early on and not let go . . . and at the end I had tears in my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen | 2/12/2014

    " Setting is Albany, NY , therefore had to read it. Touching story of poverty at the turn of the century in an American/ Irish neighborhood "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " At first I found this novel long, drawn out and basically a boring version of Angela's Ashes. However, as I got closer to the end I enjoyed it more. Especially with the economy the way it's going these days, this book made me see that we could have it a WHOLE lot worse. And I've come to know and love the character's who I want nothing but their ship to come in for them. I was disappointed with the ending as I did not agree with the authors view of things. "

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