Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

Finalist, National Book Awards 1958 for Nonfiction

cover of Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy
ISBN 9780151588596
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Mary McCarthy

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This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy’s recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Tempering the need to fictionalize for the sake of a good story with the need for honesty, she creates interchapters that tell the reader what she has inferred or invented.