'Angela's Ashes' was a publishing phenomenon. Frank McCourt's critically acclaimed, lyrical memoir of his impoverished Limerick childhood won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Award amongst others, and rapidly became a word-of-mouth bestseller topping all charts worldwide for over two years. It left readers, listeners and critics alike eager to hear more about Frank McCourt's incredible, poignant life.
'Tis: A Memoir' is the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant with rotten teeth, infected eyes and no formal education to brilliant raconteur and schoolteacher. Saved first by a straying priest, then by the Democratic party, then by the United States Army, then by New York University - which admitted him on a trial basis though he had no high school diploma - Frank had the same vulnerable but invincible spirit at nineteen that he had at eight and still has today.
And 'Tis: A Memoir' is a tale of survival as vivid, harrowing, and often hilarious as 'Angela's Ashes'. Yet again, it is through the power of storytelling that Frank finds a life for himself. Here, both books are republished in a beautiful bound edition, brimming with luxurious new touches, that all Frank McCourt's many, many fans will want to own.