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“Madeleine Blais has written an account of her childhood that is both scrupulously candid and deeply compassionate. Beyond this, the book is often wonderfully funny, with pointedly apt or, conversely, completely off-the-wall observations.”Reeve Lindbergh, Washington Post Book World
Memoir of a Family
978-0-8021-3892-7 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2002
A spirited and moving memoir about the enduring power of family love by the author of the national best-seller In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle
"To say I loved Uphill Walkers does not do this book justice. I was riveted. I cannot remember having read a memoir in which I've trusted the writer as much, or been as charmed. There is much warmth and empathy in this book, and there are so many fabulous sentences, that I don't even know where to begin. This book is going to have a wonderful future."Anita Shreve
In 1952, Madeleine Blais's father died suddenly, leaving his pregnant wife and their five young children to face their future alone in a newly purchased house in rural Massachusetts. Uphill Walkers is the story of how the Blais family pulled together to survive and ultimately thrive in an era when a single-parent family was almost unheard of.
As they came of age in an Irish-American household that often struggled to make ends meet, the Blais children would rise again and again above all obstaclesfrom the complex vicissitudes of Catholic doctrinal education to the inevitable sibling rivalries. At every step of the way they were inspired by a mother who expected much but gave even more, as she saved and sacrificed to provide her children with the same education they would have received had their father lived. Then, when they had grown to adulthood and begun to lead separate lives, the Blais children had to band together once more to come to the aid of Raymond, their troubled eldest brother, whose mental illness had driven his life to take increasingly darker turns.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and full of wonderful insights about sisterhood, brotherhood, and the ties that bind us together, Uphill Walkers is a moving portrait of the love it takes to succeed against the oddsand what it means to be a family.