Angeline Kearns Blain was born in Dublin in 1938. She emigrated to the United States in the late 1950s, married and had three sons. After raising her family she enrolled in basic adult education classes, continuing to university where she earned an MA degree. She was Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies in Boise State University, Idaho.
Funny, sad and harsh, with the bitter ring of truth, this extraordinary memoir of Dublin in the 1940s and 1950s recreates a forgotten community. Angeline Kearns Blain looks back with love and grief at the hardships of her youth, celebrating the warmth and kindness of the neighbours and family who helped each other to survive, stealing sunlight where they could.