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That's That by Colin Broderick - Excerpt

That's That by Colin Broderick - Excerpt

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Colin Broderick grew up in Northern Ireland during the period of heightened tension and violence known as the Troubles. Broderick's Catholic family lived in County Tyrone --the heart of rebel country. In That’s That, he brings us into this world and delivers a deeply personal account of what it was like to come of age in the midst of a war that dragged on for over two decades. We watch as he and his brothers play ball with the neighbor children over a fence for years, but are never allowed to play together because it is forbidden. We see him struggle to understand why young men from his community often just disappear. And we feel his frustration when he is held at gunpoint at various military checkpoints in the North. At the center of his world—and this story—is Colin’s mother. Desperate to protect her children from harm, she has little patience for Colin’s growing need to experience and understand all that is happening around them. Spoken with stern finality, "That's that" became the refrain of Colin's childhood.

To read more about That's That or Colin Broderick please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
Colin Broderick grew up in Northern Ireland during the period of heightened tension and violence known as the Troubles. Broderick's Catholic family lived in County Tyrone --the heart of rebel country. In That’s That, he brings us into this world and delivers a deeply personal account of what it was like to come of age in the midst of a war that dragged on for over two decades. We watch as he and his brothers play ball with the neighbor children over a fence for years, but are never allowed to play together because it is forbidden. We see him struggle to understand why young men from his community often just disappear. And we feel his frustration when he is held at gunpoint at various military checkpoints in the North. At the center of his world—and this story—is Colin’s mother. Desperate to protect her children from harm, she has little patience for Colin’s growing need to experience and understand all that is happening around them. Spoken with stern finality, "That's that" became the refrain of Colin's childhood.

To read more about That's That or Colin Broderick please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Apr 09, 2013
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Copyright © 2013 by Colin Broderick All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Broadway Paperbacks, an imprintof the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.,New York. www.crownpublishing.comBroadway Paperbacks and its logo, a letter B bisected on thediagonal, are trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Broderick, Colin. That’s that : a memoir / Colin Broderick. — First edition.1. Broderick, Colin—Childhood and youth. 2. Broderick, Colin—Family. 3. Social conflict—Northern Ireland—Tyrone—History—20thcentury. 4. Tyrone (Northern Ireland)—Social conditions—20thcentury. 5. Tyrone (Northern Ireland)—Social life and customs—20thcentury. 6. Tyrone (Northern Ireland)—Biography. 7. Catholics—Northern Ireland—Tyrone—Biography. 8. Northern Ireland—History—1969–1994—Biography. I. Title.DA990.T9B76 2013941.6'40824092—dc23[B]2012040086ISBN 978-0-307-71633-0eISBN 978-0-307-71634-7Printed in the United States of America 
 Book and cover design by Maria EliaCover photographs: (tea bag, grenade, cigarette) © Ocean/Corbis; (whale tail) © amanaimages/Corbis; (The Flag of Ireland)© The Irish Image Collection/Design/Pics/Corbis; (schoolgirl)© Opus/amanaimages/Corbis; (author and cousin on front cover)© Mairead McClean; (author photograph on back cover) Jon Greenhalgh
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