A childhood mired in poverty. He manages to be humorous and heartbreaking, and hopeless and triumphant all at once. I laughed, I cried, I felt dearly for the disadvantaged McCourt family that struggled against all odds.
For another look at impoverished childhood and youth, Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt. In this memoir of dire poverty in Brooklyn and Ireland, McCourt takes the reader from his birth in Brooklyn, back to Limerick, and finally to his return to New York City at the end of his adolescence.