We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

Tom Phelan / Apr 19, 2019

We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood In the tradition of Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes and Alice Taylor s To School Through the Fields Tom Phelan s We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully

  • Title: We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood
  • Author: Tom Phelan
  • ISBN: 1501197096
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the tradition of Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes and Alice Taylor s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan s We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s .Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father In the tradition of Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes and Alice Taylor s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan s We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s .Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back breaking.It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It recounts Tom s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life s adversities Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 224 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Gallery Books More Details ISBN 1501197096 ISBN13 9781501197093 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book We Were Rich and We Didnt Know It A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood by Tom Phelan Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 ADVANCED READER S COPIES WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN T KNOW IT recounts novelist Tom Phelan s upbringing in an isolated, rural community in 1940 s Irel ADVANCED READER S COPIES WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN T KNOW IT recounts novelist Tom Phelan s upbringing in an isolated, rural community in 1940 s Ireland from the day he was delivered by the local midwife With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life s adversities Other works have been situated at the same intersection of time and place, but rarely has the tale been told with such a charming simplicity of voice plus a vividness that fully captures the distinctive sound and pulse of Irish life Billy Collins Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 46 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 17, 2018 Martie Nees Record rated it liked it Genre Biography and MemoirPublisher Gallery BooksPub Date March 5, 2019After reading the blurb, I figured this book was a no brainer for me The blurb suggests that Tom Phelan s memoir is in the tradition of Frank McCourt s memoir, Angela s Ashes Considering, I loved Ashes, what could go wrong The answer is plenty I already knew from the book s title that Phelan s tale would be much upbeat than McCourt s But give me a break Phelan makes it sound like his growing up po Genre Biography and MemoirPublisher Gallery BooksPub Date March 5, 2019After reading the blurb, I figured this book was a no brainer for me The blurb suggests that Tom Phelan s memoir is in the tradition of Frank McCourt s memoir, Angela s Ashes Considering, I loved Ashes, what could go wrong The answer is plenty I already knew from the book s title that Phelan s tale would be much upbeat than McCourt s But give me a break Phelan makes it sound like his growing up poor in Ireland in the 1940s was nothing short of a Disney vacation.The biography is mostly saccharine Phelan never expresses any frustration or even a thought on how his adult life was taken out of his hands Rather he jokes that since his childhood he was groomed to become a priest Now I get that this is Ireland And I also get that families can be very proud when their children devote their lives to the Church It doesn t hurt that the family s social status is upped when this happens Remember the 1977 movie, Saturday Night Fever John Travolta played the character Tony Manero, a 19 year old Italian American living in Brooklyn Remember how upset his parents were when his brother left the priesthood It may be different decades, different cultures, but the same pride in having a son as a priest So as an Italian American, when I say I get it, I truly do But and this is a big but the author seems to be determined that his tale be nothing shy of heartwarming.Perhaps I am being a little too harsh in my critique There is a poetic quality in the author s prose I did get a kick out of all the Irish words and expressions that I read I thank the author for the glossary I did laugh at drunk Uncle Paulie stories Plus, there are similarities between We Were Rich and the John Grisham novel, A Painted House, a book I did very much enjoy Both stories revolve around a back breaking rural lifestyle Both protagonists have loving, wise and demanding fathers Both books have the same good vibes about them Still, Grisham s novel reads realistically There are unsolvable problems in House To be fair, in this memoir, the chapter Midnight Phone Call can make you teary Yet, the sorrow is expected, which takes out some of the punch So, if you are looking for a sweet uplifting story that takes you back to a simpler time, then this one is for you Sometimes, even I can be in the mood for such a read Personally, I felt set up by the comparison to McCourt I guess I was expecting a memoir with grit.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a beautiful memoir describing the joy and sorrow of living in the rural times Tom Phelan s writing is lively with avid descriptions of farm life I found it fascinating learning about the Tom s perspective of living in a rural community It s insane how things have changed over the years especially with looking back living without a telephone, internet, computers, etc It s a definite eye opener realizing how much our society is dependent on technology now We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a beautiful memoir describing the joy and sorrow of living in the rural times Tom Phelan s writing is lively with avid descriptions of farm life I found it fascinating learning about the Tom s perspective of living in a rural community It s insane how things have changed over the years especially with looking back living without a telephone, internet, computers, etc It s a definite eye opener realizing how much our society is dependent on technology now This was a smooth and enjoyable read I usually don t read memoirs but this was a change and glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book It s a super quick and easy read 3.5 stars Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Published to GR 1 1 19Publication date 3 5 19 flag 12 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 03, 2018 Athena Elizabeth rated it really liked it Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free eARC in exchange for an honest reviewThe memoir covers Tom s life from birth to when he takes off for boarding school Similar events are organized into chapters and follow a fairly logical sequence Minus the lack of transition between chapters, this is a smooth and enjoyable read The first person point of view let me feel like I was actually sitting in the kitchen with the neighbors Phelan s style paints such avid descriptions of people an Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free eARC in exchange for an honest reviewThe memoir covers Tom s life from birth to when he takes off for boarding school Similar events are organized into chapters and follow a fairly logical sequence Minus the lack of transition between chapters, this is a smooth and enjoyable read The first person point of view let me feel like I was actually sitting in the kitchen with the neighbors Phelan s style paints such avid descriptions of people and places that I truly enjoyed it as a picture of his farm and community A particularly descriptive part that stands out is about the crawlies in the soil and how connected they Tom and dad felt to the land and each other.There are a multitude of neighbors, townfolk, schoolmates and family members who had a part in Tom s childhood His father and Missus Fritz were my two favorites, for their kindness and things they said when children weren t listening I don t know if I believe that they were as happy as he writes, but I feel like he didn t know anything else If he had known that the kids were targeting him out of desperation and jealousy instead of animosity, he would have had a better perspectie but a portion of the moral is about hindsight and how you see things as an adult, things you regret or wish you knew.Overall I give this a strong 4 5 Happy to recommend to anyone interested in history, Ireland, memoirs anyone who likes to laugh at anecdotes and clever fixes anyone into farming even would love this The full review can be found on the OneReadingNurse blog at flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Judy rated it really liked it Shelves giveaway, read 2018 Thanks to Gallery Books for the advance copy of this book A memoir of life as a boy in post World War II Ireland, the book deftly describes the joys and sorrows of rural life I found it to be beautifully written and poetic in its descriptions The people inhabiting this world were so engaging, I wanted to read about each of them, and indeed, wanted the book to continue This is not a dark or melancholy depiction of life s difficulties, but it is written with a sincerity that is meaningful Thanks to Gallery Books for the advance copy of this book A memoir of life as a boy in post World War II Ireland, the book deftly describes the joys and sorrows of rural life I found it to be beautifully written and poetic in its descriptions The people inhabiting this world were so engaging, I wanted to read about each of them, and indeed, wanted the book to continue This is not a dark or melancholy depiction of life s difficulties, but it is written with a sincerity that is meaningful and moving Thank you to the author, Tom Phelan flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Irene rated it really liked it A sometimes sorrowful, often humorous look at growing up in 1940 s Ireland, when the kitchen was truly the heart of a home and the location of everything from bathing to turkey plucking Tom Phelan shares with readers a look at his close knit family, dealing with bullies, and life on the farm It is an engaging heartfelt memoir that paints a brilliant picture of simpler times 4 out of 5 stars I received an advance copy for review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 MomIsReading rated it liked it Shelves arc publisher I appreciate receiving an ARC of this book I always feel a little guilty giving a rating to a memoir Who am I to judge someone s recollection of a life However this was compared to Angela s Ashes which is a pretty high bar to put out there I considered this an average memoir Also think had he written this at a much younger age it may have been a little less of a rosy picture of poverty flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways arc, my library, nonfiction I want to thank Gallery Books for a chance to read an ARC copy of WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN T KNOW IT.Simply put I really enjoyed this.The writing was lively The chapters, pleasing lengths.A pleasant, pick up and go journey of Tom Phelan and eye opener to the way things were once done before technology eased our lives.However others saw the time and place he lived, I liked how Mr Phelan recalled his boyhood as though he were still that boy Describing how he felt and thought while hinting at w I want to thank Gallery Books for a chance to read an ARC copy of WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN T KNOW IT.Simply put I really enjoyed this.The writing was lively The chapters, pleasing lengths.A pleasant, pick up and go journey of Tom Phelan and eye opener to the way things were once done before technology eased our lives.However others saw the time and place he lived, I liked how Mr Phelan recalled his boyhood as though he were still that boy Describing how he felt and thought while hinting at what he d discover from such experiences as an adult.Well done flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Melanie rated it liked it Shelves giveaways I am a big fan of reading memoirs or stories about children growing up in Ireland My dad was born in an Irish Catholic family of six brothers and seven sisters , and though he grew up in a poor part of a city in Massachusetts and not Ireland, he tells stories that remind me of some told in this story, and I love them I loved reading about the pure raw innocence of Tom s childhood and how simple life was back in the day I admire and appreciate the honesty and reflection shared by Tom in h I am a big fan of reading memoirs or stories about children growing up in Ireland My dad was born in an Irish Catholic family of six brothers and seven sisters , and though he grew up in a poor part of a city in Massachusetts and not Ireland, he tells stories that remind me of some told in this story, and I love them I loved reading about the pure raw innocence of Tom s childhood and how simple life was back in the day I admire and appreciate the honesty and reflection shared by Tom in his memoir flag Like see review Dec 15, 2018 Martha rated it it was amazing Anyone who has read Tom Phelan s novels knows what an immense talent he is Now his beautiful, eye opening, often funny, and sometimes sad memoir of his early life on an Irish farm shows us the seeds of that talent This evocative work is one I will read again And again flag Like see review Nov 25, 2018 Ruth rated it it was ok The pre pub comments comparing this work to books such as Angela s Ashes are a good indicator of both literary style and the rawness you ll find here The author s memories are vivid and depict a simpler but harsher life Some of it made me wince and some made me smile Worth a look flag Like see review Rachel Brenner rated it it was amazing Oct 29, 2018 Nancy Kinney rated it really liked it Jan 15, 2019 MedusaBklyn rated it it was ok Dec 11, 2018 Jan 16, 2019 Beverly Carmichael rated it really liked it Reading this book brought me back to a time when there was no electricity, automobiles or luxuries of any kind It starts at the birth of a young boy and continues by describing his life on a farm with a demanding father, learning life s lessons the hard way There were parts of this book that were depressing but nonetheless true The human spirit is at it s best here flag Like see review Shannon Maloney rated it liked it Dec 09, 2018 Beatrice rated it liked it Dec 01, 2018 Kristen marked it as to read Jun 29, 2018 Ellen Parker marked it as to read Aug 06, 2018 Paige Lytle added it Oct 24, 2018 Jennifer marked it as to read Oct 25, 2018 Leah Green marked it as to read Nov 05, 2018 Rachella Baker marked it as to read Nov 05, 2018 Patricia Mainard marked it as to read Nov 05, 2018 Henry Fitzroy 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resounding vigour as this is Where has Mr Phelan BEEN In the Season of the Daisies was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award In addition to In the Season of the Daisies, Phelan s novels include Iscariot, Derrycloney, The Canal Bridge, Nailer, and Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told These deal with such themes as Irish soldiers in World War I, returned emigrants, the abusive Irish industrial schools and the church state collusion that allowed them to flourish, the priesthood, and life in rural Ireland in the mid 1900s.Tom Phelan lives in New York Books by Tom Phelan More Trivia About We Were Rich and No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 2, 7, 5, 2, 0 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It A Memoir of My Irish Mar , We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It recounts Tom s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life s adversities. Mark Wilkinson We Were Rich Acoustic YouTube Jul , Live acoustic version of We Were Rich from the Lost In A Dream EP, available now to purchase stream Shot and edited by Colin We were rich in uranium, and we have been sacrificed May , There is no such thing as reclamation You can never put things back In the old days, even the sheepherders knew how dangerous this area was and they would not take their sheep up there to graze because the sheep would get sick Yes, we were rich in uranium, and we have been sacrificed Public comments on the decision are open until May . We Were Rich YouTube Feb , Provided to YouTube by MGM We Were Rich Mark Wilkinson Wasted Hours Mark Wilkinson Released on Auto generated by YouTube. We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It A Memoir of My Irish In the tradition of Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes and Alice Taylor s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan s We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the s Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father. Book giveaway for We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It A Newsday says We Were Rich is an evocat Kirkus calls the book A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the s.A captivating portrait of a bygone time, noting that In precise, vibrant prose, novelist Phelan creates a finely etched portrait. MARK WILKINSON WE WERE RICH LYRICS And we were rich that night Spending all our time And we were happy fools Making all the rules And we were glowing lights Drifting through the night Well it s funny how, a memory Can leave you breathless and on your knees sometimes. If We Were Rich For those of you who may have forgotten, I write along the lines of if I were Rich, a year old guy whose name is Rich In reality I am a year old girl whose name is Emma Anyways, this week I m back with a list of mistakes many men make when getting dressed via Complex Magazine. We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It Tom Phelan We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It recounts Tom s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life s adversities. If I were If I was Learn English If I were If I was Average . votes Tue, Chris McCarthy Why do we use were in the first sentence and was in the second If I were rich, I would buy you a car If she was feeling sick, it s good that she went home Explanation.

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        Tom Phelan s memoir We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It was awarded a star by Kirkus Reviews, indicating a book of exceptional merit Kirkus calls the book A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the 1940s.A captivating portrait of a bygone time, noting that In precise, vibrant prose, novelist Phelan creates a finely etched portrait Newsday says We Were Rich is an evocat Tom Phelan s memoir We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It was awarded a star by Kirkus Reviews, indicating a book of exceptional merit Kirkus calls the book A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the 1940s.A captivating portrait of a bygone time, noting that In precise, vibrant prose, novelist Phelan creates a finely etched portrait Newsday says We Were Rich is an evocative memoir, with echoes of Frank McCourt And the book blog For the Love of Books, says Phelan s story is one of grace and beauty Tom Phelan was born and reared on a small farm in Mountmellick, Co Laois, Ireland He was fifty when his first novel, In the Season of the Daisies, was accepted for publication by the Lilliput Press in Dublin Books Ireland s reviewer later wrote, The most obvious question posed by a novelistic debut with as much resounding vigour as this is Where has Mr Phelan BEEN In the Season of the Daisies was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award In addition to In the Season of the Daisies, Phelan s novels include Iscariot, Derrycloney, The Canal Bridge, Nailer, and Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told These deal with such themes as Irish soldiers in World War I, returned emigrants, the abusive Irish industrial schools and the church state collusion that allowed them to flourish, the priesthood, and life in rural Ireland in the mid 1900s.Tom Phelan lives in New York


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    1. Genre Biography and MemoirPublisher Gallery BooksPub Date March 5, 2019After reading the blurb, I figured this book was a no brainer for me The blurb suggests that Tom Phelan s memoir is in the tradition of Frank McCourt s memoir, Angela s Ashes Considering, I loved Ashes, what could go wrong The answer is plenty I already knew from the book s title that Phelan s tale would be much upbeat than McCourt s But give me a break Phelan makes it sound like his growing up po Genre Biography and Memoir [...]


    2. We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It is a beautiful memoir describing the joy and sorrow of living in the rural times Tom Phelan s writing is lively with avid descriptions of farm life I found it fascinating learning about the Tom s perspective of living in a rural community It s insane how things have changed over the years especially with looking back living without a telephone, internet, computers, etc It s a definite eye opener realizing how much our society is dependent on technology now We W [...]


    3. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free eARC in exchange for an honest reviewThe memoir covers Tom s life from birth to when he takes off for boarding school Similar events are organized into chapters and follow a fairly logical sequence Minus the lack of transition between chapters, this is a smooth and enjoyable read The first person point of view let me feel like I was actually sitting in the kitchen with the neighbors Phelan s style paints such avid descriptions of people an Th [...]


    4. Thanks to Gallery Books for the advance copy of this book A memoir of life as a boy in post World War II Ireland, the book deftly describes the joys and sorrows of rural life I found it to be beautifully written and poetic in its descriptions The people inhabiting this world were so engaging, I wanted to read about each of them, and indeed, wanted the book to continue This is not a dark or melancholy depiction of life s difficulties, but it is written with a sincerity that is meaningful Thanks [...]


    5. A sometimes sorrowful, often humorous look at growing up in 1940 s Ireland, when the kitchen was truly the heart of a home and the location of everything from bathing to turkey plucking Tom Phelan shares with readers a look at his close knit family, dealing with bullies, and life on the farm It is an engaging heartfelt memoir that paints a brilliant picture of simpler times 4 out of 5 stars I received an advance copy for review


    6. I appreciate receiving an ARC of this book I always feel a little guilty giving a rating to a memoir Who am I to judge someone s recollection of a life However this was compared to Angela s Ashes which is a pretty high bar to put out there I considered this an average memoir Also think had he written this at a much younger age it may have been a little less of a rosy picture of poverty.


    7. I want to thank Gallery Books for a chance to read an ARC copy of WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN T KNOW IT.Simply put I really enjoyed this.The writing was lively The chapters, pleasing lengths.A pleasant, pick up and go journey of Tom Phelan and eye opener to the way things were once done before technology eased our lives.However others saw the time and place he lived, I liked how Mr Phelan recalled his boyhood as though he were still that boy Describing how he felt and thought while hinting at w I w [...]


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