I'Ll Know It When I See It: A Daughter'S Search For Home In Ireland
Publish Date: 2002-02-19
Author: Alice Carey
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As a young girl, Alice Carey realized that home can mean different things. The only child of poor Irish immigrants, her isolated childhood in a cold-water flat in Queens is transformed when her mother becomes the maid to legendary Broadway producer Jean Dalrymple. In Miss Dalrymples Upper East Side townhouse, young Alice absorbs with delight a sophisticated theatrical culture that includes encounters with such notables as Jed Harris and Marilyn Monroe. Then, a visit to Ireland with her mother thrusts the girl into another novel culture, one that simultaneously enchants and traumatizes her.
When Alice returns to Ireland as an adult, she and her husband serendipitously find and fall in love with a ruined Georgian farmhouse. As they begin to convert the stables into a livable cottage, Alice unearths buried memories of a childhood played out in wildly divergent homes. Ill Know It When I See It is the witty and rueful examination of her struggles to make sense ofand peace withher recollections of a bittersweet past. It is a book certain to appeal to anyone whos ever loved, lost, and reclaimed a home of their own.