This sequel to Angela's Ashes is a memoir from the time Frank McCourt came to New York until after his parents' deaths. Frank had a rough time after he came to America. His eyes had infection, his teeth were terrible, he was completely broke, and he was full of aspirations that had trouble being realized. He has such a conversational and funny (albeit dry) way of telling his stories, I really enjoyed this book. It was made all the more pleasurable because I listened to it read by the author. He has a wonderful way of telling a story so you feel like you were there. This was the first thing I ever read by Frank McCourt and I'm really glad I gave it a try.