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Southie Boy Frank Alcorn

Southie Boy

Frank Alcorn

Published
ISBN : 9781594080548
Paperback
212 pages
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 About the Book 

Southie Boy is the story of a young city boy and his struggles growing up between two traditions, totally part of neither. The plot develops in one of Bostons neighborhoods during and after the Second World War. When Timmys traditional WASP fatherMoreSouthie Boy is the story of a young city boy and his struggles growing up between two traditions, totally part of neither. The plot develops in one of Bostons neighborhoods during and after the Second World War. When Timmys traditional WASP father is killed in the war, his loss leaves Timmy with many of his fathers values but without his fathers influence. This situation forces him to confront his mothers culture and make his own decisions in a changing world. Complications arise for Timmy through his search for his identify in a multi-ethnic neighborhood dominated by an Irish Catholic milieu. The incidents and tensions that keep the story moving forward arise from the inherent conflict between the two sides of his family background. The choices the young boy makes in the long run will of course shape his character. Ultimately, the novel is a humorous depiction of Timmy making day-to-day choices in his religious life, in his relations with his mother, his stepfather, his corner gang and with the opposite sex. At the conclusion of the novel we see Timmy coming to terms with his life and at last achieving a balance between the values he has absorbed from his community and from the families of both his dead father and his Irish-American mother.