Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian sometimes awesome, but mostly creepy, childhood (1)

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Gold Winner in Humor from Foreword Reviews. Gold (Religion and Spirituality) and Silver (Humor) EVVY winner. Bronze winner of an Illumination Award in Catholic books (Pope Francis won the Gold!). Bronze ELit medal in Humor. What a combination! Dodging Satan is a humorous coming-of-age story of Bridget Flagherty, a student at St. Michael's Catholic school outside Boston in the 60s-70s.

Bridget takes refuge in wacky misunderstandings of Bible Stories and Catholic beliefs to avoid problems in her Irish/Italian family life. Her musings on sadistic nuns, domestic violence, emerging sexuality, and God the Father's romantic life will delight readers. Bridget creates glorious supernatural worlds--with exorcisms, bird relics, Virgin Martyrs, time travel, Biblical plagues, even the 'holy' in holy water--to cope with a family where leather handbags and even garlic can cause explosions. An avid Bible reader who innocently believes everything the nuns tell her, Bridget's saints, martyrs, and bony Christs become alive and audible within her. While the nuns chide her sinful 'mathematical pride' and slow eating habits, God answers her prayers instantly by day, but the devil visits nightly in the dark.

Scenes run the gamut from laugh-out-loud Catholic brainwashing of children, to heart-wrenching abuse, to riveting teenage excursions toward sex.Young Bridget tries to make sense of a world of raging men and domestically subjugated women and carve a future for herself, wrestling with how God and men treat women. Her Italian female relatives--glamorous Santa Anna, black-and-blue Aunt Maria, sophisticated Eleanor with a New York 'Fellini pageboy'--offer sensual alternatives to the repression of her immediate family. She prays fervently that "despite God's bizarre treatment of married women... some [girls] might still discover ways to have a great time without being a nun."

Dodging Satan is the flip-side of l'Histoire d'une Âme by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux authored by a twentieth century American girl chomping on a blue-gum cigar while she talks to a confidant about God and sex.

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Dodging Satan is a hilarious and heartbreaking novel of growing up in an Irish/Italian Catholic family filled with religious certainty and ethnic strife. It outdoes Mary McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in its wit, intelligence and irresistible mixture of realism and charm. It is simply a joy to read. Written in the voice of Bridget, a young girl caught between visions of Satan and sanctity, bewitched in a Catholic school that enforces ideals of the holy family and a home filled with lively, arguing relatives, it is captivating in its mixture of humor and grit. Bridget makes her way through Irish, Italian and religious patriarchies with the heart and mind of a gifted observer looking for her own form of grace. McCormick has written a brilliant work, filled with all the astonishment, allure and pitfalls of ethnic life today.  
--Josephine Gattuso Hendin, Vulnerable People: A View of American Fiction Since 1945; Heart Breakers: Women and Violence in Contemporary Culture and Literature; The Right Thing To Do

A girl roiled by emerging sexuality, conflicting emotions toward parents, an extended family of abusive men and unhappy women who want better: the protagonist in this playful but gripping  tale draws on a hilarious mishmash of Catholic popular culture, creating outrageous cosmic narratives to make sense of it all. (God the Father pissed off at married women because Eve chose Adam over Him? Priceless!) Women who didn't have access to the Catholic Imagination while growing up will be jealous.
--Michael P. Carroll, Madonnas that Maim; Catholic Cults and Devotions, The Cult of the Virgin Mary 

Tender and ruthlessly honest, Kathleen McCormick's beautiful first novel draws us into the world of Italian Irish Catholicism as experienced by its unforgettably wise and desperately innocent girl narrator. There's magic in this world--and while we are charmed by its glow, we are also repeatedly unsettled by the darkness behind that glow. We follow Bridget with trepidation, captivated by her vulnerability and her fierceness, trusting there's much to learn from her journey. 
--Edvige Giunta, Writing with an Accent and co-editor of Personal Effects

If you want to know what spiritual bouquets are or why 'rules are so confusing here on earth,' read Kathleen Zamboni McCormick's deeply perceptive and slyly voiced novel about the challenges of girlhood Catholicism and the perils of having to overcome both pride and humility through the comical harrowing of an Irish-Italian family."
--George Guida, The Pope Stories and Other Tales of Troubled Times

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Kathleen Zamboni McCormick gives us tales based on her own Irish/Italian childhood in the 1960s and '70s. Move over, Jean Shepherd! Sometimes glib, sometimes profound, the musings of her narrator, Bridget Flaherty, will have many a Catholic (and a lot of others) in stitches. As an impressionable child, Bridget is frightened by Catholic iconography--the snakes at Mary's feet multiply in her dresser drawers, and the devil is everywhere. But what do they really symbolize? Sexuality, clashes between her Irish and Italian families, even garlic and leather handbags are sources of family anxiety. For a while, Bridget creates supernatural worlds that resolve the tensions of real life, performing exorcisms, creating relics, and discovering the "holy" in holy water. Her panoply of Italian relatives--glamorous Santa Anna, abused Aunt Maria, sophisticated Eleanor with a New York "Fellini Pageboy"--offer sensual alternatives to the repression of her immediate family. As she discovers feminism from a "woman's-libber" neighbor and a stash of romance novels, her precarious religious world is threatened. Are her maiden aunts from Staten Island really lesbians? Are her uncles personally encouraged to be abusive by God-the-F? And what about her own mysterious virginity? Caught between the  Church and the larger world, Bridget's Virgin Mary helps her enter adolescence with a new awareness and independence.

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