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Author Name:    STEELE, Gerry

Title:   Growing Up With Julie. First Edition.

Publisher:    Acorn Press, Charlottetown, 2008, ISBN:9781894838313 

Seller ID:   84062

STEELE, Gerry. Growing Up With Julie. Charlottetown : The Acorn Press, 2008. First Edition. Pp [1]-160. 8vo (152 x 228 mm), photo-illustrated greenish-brown card covers, with brown & white lettering to spine. Gerald 'Gerry ' Joseph Steele (b. January 30, 1933, Miscouche, P.E.I. - d. August 10, 2015,Charlottetown ) was living in Charlottetown at the time of publication. "I n an era when Prince Edward Islanders divided themselves along strict religious and cultural lines, an Acadian, Veronica Julie DesRoches, did the unmentionable: she married into a Scottish family. Set in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, during the Depression and Second World War, Growing Up With Julie is a candid and powerful memoir of Gerry Steele's childhood in a Catholic family burdened by extreme poverty, alcohol, and cultural tensions between Acadians and Scots. At the head of the family is Steele’s grandmother, a woman unwavering in her beliefs — regardless of their merit, validity, or tendency to offend. But the heroine of the story is Steele’s Acadian mother,a quiet woman resigned to her own isolation and exclusion, but determined to help her children escape. Gifted with a memory for detail, Steele has written an unforgettable, unsentimental story that moves seamlessly through both despair and humour, and finally toward forgiveness and hope." - from the back cover. Chapters : 1. After-Supper Darkness; 2. The Grandparents; 3. Two Thieves in the Night; 4. Flight of the Owl; 5. Making a New Angel; 6. "Every man's neighbour...'; 7. Visitors; 8. Exotic Visitors; 9. Getting the Ear of God; 10. Clovers and Pigweed; 11. Indulgeneces and Crossed Eyes; 12."Better Bend Than Break"; 13. School, Church, and CNR; 14. Grandmother as God; 15. Finding My Father; 16. Foxes and Golden Fleece; 17. "Every eel hopes ..."; 18. High Finance; 19. "Water is the best..."; 20. "Innocence is the chief..."; 21. My Mother as Heroine; 22. The Kingston Krazies; 23. The Owl Revisits; 24. Curse of Outhouse Bandit; 25. The Three Rs Plus; 26. My Father as Victim; 27. Going Down the Acadian Road. Very good. 16.00


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