Mary-Ann Tirone Smith published her first novel, The Book of Phoebe, in 1985. Newsweek called it â€˜genuinely funny, smart, and endearing,â€™ and William Wharton hailed her as â€˜a writer of tremendous talentâ€™. Since then seven further novels have followed, each garnering much critical acclaim.
Her memoir Girls of Tender Age was released in the U.S in January 2006 and had an extraordinary impact on readers.
Married with two children, Mary-Ann has lived all her life in Connecticut, except for the two years she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
Utterly brilliant memoir of growing up in 50’s America, of a carefree, rough-and-tumble childhood until a paedophile brings fear to the neighbourhood. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The author is a crime writer and the structure of this work, revealing the facts of the crime investigation alongside her memories and the slow piecing together of the events, is masterful.We are not the only ones who rate this, The Times are recommending it to their Book Groups for July, so get there before everyone else is talking about it first.