|About the Book|
The Sullivans were Irish American immigrants living in a fifth floor walk up in the East Bronx during the Depression, trying to survive in this new land. Their five teenage daughters had their own survival issues, not as new Americans, but as youngMoreThe Sullivans were Irish American immigrants living in a fifth floor walk up in the East Bronx during the Depression, trying to survive in this new land. Their five teenage daughters had their own survival issues, not as new Americans, but as young women with dreams and goals and with their own individual demons about leaving The Family. Maura was 17 and inclined to be wildly dramatic when she was challenged. She aspired to college, but Mom and dad had told her a girl should be married, not educated. Diedra was eighteen and was Moms favorite, the most domesticated. She would be the first to marry and to leave home. Una was the oldest at nineteen. She was calm and studious, but terribly strong willed. She was about to enter the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Nell was fifteen and the baby. She was sweet, but shy, and she usually felt left out of her older sisters shenanigans. Bridey was sixteen and feisty. Quick of tongue, often in an argument, she was the mischief maker of the group. She was also the most eager to leave the family and, in those days well before Womens Lib, what she saw as all its oppressive rules.These five daughters helped each other, teased each other, cajoled and supported each other. Sometimes they were cruel, sometimes they were kind, and sometimes they just ignored each other. The Sullivan Sisters covers more than a quarter century of their lives together and apart and dramatically presents the dynamics of a family from this era, from this background. Yet there is also a message in it for any daughter from any family from any time.