Review of The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy

Writer and storyteller, Tara Clancy writes about her life growing up in Queens during the late 1980s. As a child of divorced parents, she was raised in three separate and very eBook Review Gal Book Review of The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancydifferent home environments, yet seems to have adjusted to it all quite well.

As a native New Yorker, from Brooklyn, I was excited to receive this book. I couldn’t wait to begin reading. I too grew up around an interesting cast of characters and was anxious to hear how Ms. Clancy’s life compared to mine. Unfortunately, as I began reading I became less and less enthusiastic.

Although the book’s cover calls The Clancys of Queens “an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir”, I found very little electricity within its pages. I felt as if I were reading a young girl’s diary where nothing of any great significance ever happened. Truthfully, I grew bored quickly. The book’s blurb was much more compelling than the book itself.

I found it surprising that Tara Clancy writes a brief passage closer to the end of the book about dating a girl in college (dismissing it as just something girls do at some point), falling in love with said girl and then coming out to her parents, yet this isn’t even hinted at in the book’s blurb. I was curious as to why she chose to keep this part of her life so low key.

I kept waiting for the parts where Ms. Clancy “captures- in inimitable prose – the rarely heard voices of New York’s working-class women,” but it never seemed to materialize. No one really stood out to me.

As much as I hate giving unenthusiastic reviews for any author, I really can’t recommend this book.


3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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