Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian, Sometimes Awesome, But

Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian, Sometimes Awesome, But Mostly Creepy, Childhood ❰Download❯ ➽ Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian, Sometimes Awesome, But Mostly Creepy, Childhood Author Kathleen Zamboni McCormick – Thomashillier.co.uk In this humorous comingofage story, Bridget Flagherty, a student at St Michael’s Catholic school outside Boston in the s and s, takes refuge in her wacky misunderstandings of Bible Stories and Catho In this My Irish/Italian, Kindle Ö humorous comingofage story, Bridget Flagherty, a student at St Michael’s Catholic school outside Boston in the s and s, takes refuge in her Dodging Satan: PDF or wacky misunderstandings of Bible Stories and Catholic beliefs to avoid the problems of her IrishItalian family life Her musings on sadistic nuns, domestic violence, emerging sexuality, Satan: My Irish/Italian, PDF Æ 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 boney 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 laughoutloud Catholic brainwashing of children, to heartwrenching 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, blackandblue 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 flipside of l'Histoire d'une Âme by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux authored by a twentieth century American girl chomping on a bluegum cigar while she talks to a confidant about God and sex.


10 thoughts on “Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian, Sometimes Awesome, But Mostly Creepy, Childhood

  1. LyndaVee LyndaVee says:

    The story follows the growing up of a young catholic girl – born of an Italian mother to an Irish father, she seems to struggle with the worst aspects of both cultures. The book is very well-written and draws you into Bridget’s world, which is utterly dominated by Catholicism. If she works hard and gains good results at school, she is chided for the sin of pride; if she underachieves she is wasting her God-given talents! As a teacher, I was horrified by the constant undermining that she suffered at the hands of her teachers. We are supposed to instil confidence and encourage young minds – the education Bridget receives is farcical.

    The humour in the story comes from Bridget’s attempts to understand the bible; a case in point is her opinion that God was fed up with Eve because she rejected his advances and thus was expelled from the Garden of Eden. Underlying the humour are stories of marital violence played out daily among Bridget’s relations. Women are supposed to put up with the punishment meted out by drunken bullies. The story ends with Bridget affirming that she will not go down this route – feminism has raised its head by this point and she will become a modern woman, educated and strong.


  2. Diane Diane says:

    The best way I can describe Dodging Satan without go9ng into chapter and verse is as humorous and compelling. There’s an incredibly sharp and intuitive mind behind the pen that delivers a read that’s above all original whilst the theme is cleverly nuanced to ensure the widest possible appeal. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had no hesitation in giving it 5 stars.


  3. Phil Bolos Phil Bolos says:

    Dodging Satan by Kathleen McCormick is a unique coming of age story about a girl who has to deal with an Irish side and an Italian side of her family. The two sides clash on a regular basis over any number of topics, but are both so deeply religious that they can't help but having a happy middle ground. Kathleen deals with many different issues as a catholic school girl. Some are common for girls her age, such as maturity, a wild imagination that manifests itself in the form of re-tellings of biblical stories, and puberty. However, others are much more individual such as when she was forbidden for talking about her uncles in class because her family believed they survived World War 2 because they were wearing their crucifixes. Some of the highlights of the autobiography are when Kathleen believes that God must live in her Dad's shoes because his feet kept him out of the war, or that Satan moved into her room once she had to start sleeping in a double bed instead of a crib, or the many different things her mother would say that covered domestic abuse from her young child. While the majority of the story is written in a humorous manner, there is an undertone at times that leaves the reader feeling bad for this young girl and what she had to go through. Writing with both humor and sadness successfully are both attributes that prove you have found a good writer. Nice job Kathleen.


  4. Cat Cat says:

    Don’t judge this book by its cover. This delightfully quick read reminds us all how literal children can be and how little they know when to ask the right questions. Young Bridget is baffled that all her religious interpretations are lost on the very adults teaching her. Otherwise they would understand how much she is standing firm on the concepts all the bible stories have clarified for her. But rather than being praised for her self-perceived astuteness, she is often mocked, admonished or otherwise shunned for her newly formed wisdom. She never lets that stop her, just keeps paying attention and looking for enlightenment. Bridey had me laughing and remembering my own misconceptions and inability to bring to light all the scary things of the dark. The book was over much sooner than I wanted to let go of knowing more about this lovely little girl growing up in the domain of wonder and unknowable. I’d love to know where her undying faith and unbridled spirit would take her next.
    An advanced copy of this book was provided for an honest review.


  5. Blancmange Blancmange says:

    Laugh-out-loud, and challenging the Irish Catholic system in both a theological and an entirely comedic way. This mash-up of style works particularly well, and I found it's tone to be refreshing. It's told from a child's perspective, Bridget, who is finding ways to deal with her strict upbringing. Echoing the socio-politics of the time, the subject of Catholicism and religion in the 60's and 70's, McCormick brings a gritty realism to her story, as she does a great job at animating recollections of a child growing up with her mad-cap household. Although to be expected, some of the topics covered were serious, and rather sad, it is the writers light-hearted and quirky manner which kept me enthralled throughout.


  6. Cathy Pelham Cathy Pelham says:

    Imaginative, quirky and joyful. Definitely a good read.

    Kathleen McCormick's DODGING SATAN took me by surprise. Bridget Flaherty lives in a war zone, with vying Irish and Italian takes on faith and parenting. Bridget's response is to interpret life's mysteries in terms of her own skewed perspectives. Hilarious and heartbreaking — this book celebrates a unique girl growing into her strengths.


  7. Valery Valery says:

    If you are looking for something a little different to read, Dodging Satan by Kathleen McCormick is a great choice. While I didn't have the experience of attending a Catholic school, I could easily relate to this book, having been raised as a Catholic. I absolutely loved Bridget's character. She is completely relatable, and is trying to discover herself. Meshed between the two cultures of Irish and Italian, this is a fun read. Bridget just doesn't seem to fit in anywhere in her crazy family or anywhere else for that matter. There are a lot of funny moments, some really are a reach, but funny regardless. The scenes with the Aunts are especially hysterical. In this book you will see Bridget try to figure out just who she is in society and who she actually wants to be. An entertaining, light read, that follows the foibles of the main character with much social commentary, Dodging Satan is a quick read that will leave you wanting more in the way of laughs and frivolity. Recommended to any young girl trying to figure out her place in the world.


  8. Rachel Horon Rachel Horon says:

    Hilarious and sad, but a great book to read

    There is someone hilarious and sad wrapped up in the one story of Dodging Satan. There is the hilarity of Bridget's innocent perspective of her faith in the points of view of her Irish and Italian family. How she believes God is glowing his spirit through her crucifix as well as her father's slippers. Or her indulgence prayer math she does to stay out of trouble during sermons. There is also her fear of Satan and her night terrors and her parents' daily arguments that are loud enough for the neighborhood to hear. It's her coming of age about her heritage, her friends, and her faith and how they all come together to make her unique. I love how she describes her way of thinking about Catholicism, women's lib, and growing up in the 60s and 70s. There are some heartbreaking moments shared, but there are also touching moments that have shaped her just as much. I chuckled in every chapter about something crazy, whether it was something a family member did or the words she used to describe it. Relicky goodness is definitely not a phrase you hear every day.


  9. Bill Mazzella Bill Mazzella says:


    In her newly published novel, “Dodging Satan”, Kathleen Zamboni McCormick portrays her childhood growing up in the 60’s under an Italian mother and Irish father in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This was the time when norms and rules were falling rapidly by the wayside. Yet McCormick talks about a Catholic world that seems more like the forties and fifties or earlier. Hers is a world of Satan harassment, holy water cures, saints curing, and bishops and priests scaring people and children to death. There are the nuns promising hell for the sin of pride. Not to mention the plenitude of sexual sins that clergy and religious know you are guilty of. It is also a time of Irish and Italians marrying outside their clan and to each other. Something that was once unthinkable.. At any rate this is a religious talk dominated book with superstition and nuns galore. With parents, religious, clergy and relatives doing their best to screw up a child’s mind.

    Those of us who have grown up Irish or Italian Catholic are familiar with all the phobia and non -truths that abound. In Bride’s case she has an all-in-one with a cantankerous father and self pitying mother who was taught that enduring a husband’s abuse goes with the territory. The same with her mother’s sisters who are taught by her Italian Nana to stay with their abusive husbands because that is the right thing to do. With such a glorious upbringing Bridget finds God in her daddy’s glow in the dark slippers and Satan all over her room at night. Which mom assures her will go away with an abundance of holy water and statues of Mary. Finally, Bridget’s mother calls out the whole brigade: All three persons of the Trinity, Mary and her daughter’s guardian angel. It seems to help for the short term at least.

    The way the nuns laid guilt trips on Bridie one wonders how she ever made it to be a college professor. She even wonders how she got this power to harm Jesus and children in Africa. “Do you realize that children in Africa will be more hungry today than they were yesterday? All because of you, Bridget!” Sister Louise hollers. “Yes,” I lie. I knew that being eight years old would be terrible after what happened to my parents at that age— my mother almost dying of scarlet fever and my father’s mother dying of TB. Now I’m time-traveling to hurt Jesus and African children. I hate being eight.” I’ll say. No wonder some children stop attending the Eucharist once they graduate 8th grade. Sister Louise gives Bridget no credit for her superior math skills as she condemns her for her vanity in doing so well. I guess we should not get on the type of nuns Bridget grew up with so much since we do live in a world where the quack Donald Trump is able to get so many to support him.

    Bridget has a lot to say about how unfair God was to punish women with painful deliveries when Adam ate the apple too. And why did God have to make Eve from Adam and making her second rate from the beginning? Why is Eve blamed so much when Adam ate the apple too?

    Growing up in a public school I always marvelled at my Catholic school friends who talked so irreverently about religious people and subjects. Jokes about Gabriel’s horn and such that I would not dare to say. Same with Dodging Satan where Bridget and her friend believe that God the Father was jealous of Adam and wanting Eve for himself. I will still refrain from quoting the graphic rendering of a prayer which Bridget friend’s Agnes declares is a direct proof that God the Father wanted Eve for himself. Not only that but Agnes refers to God as “God the F.” There is no curse word intended but the connotation startles. Perhaps I am more naive than most. But I never saw God the Father described or named that way. “Agnes is right about Adam and Eve and that vengeful God-the-F who still punishes women today for marrying men who aren’t Him.”
    There you have it. God, according to Agnes, is at the center of all these triangles. “...how incredibly on-target Agnes was for seeing how central Eve is to everything and how God-the-F repeatedly creates love triangles. I mean, first it’s Eve, Adam, and Him. Then it’s God-the-F, Gabriel, and Mary. Or God-the-F, Joseph, and Mary. And finally and forever, it’s every married woman, her husband, and Him.” Maybe this is what Andrew Greeley meant when he talked about the great Catholic imagination. I am sure there are more stories that so many of us missed who did not go to Catholic schools.

    Dodging Satan is a book that starts slowly and takes a while to get into. But as I persevered I did not want it to end. Bridget does seem to get preachy at the end. Yet her thoughts may ring true to many Catholic women who feel that Mary is not given the true justice as they are not. This novel also is an indication of, whether few or many, how children of Catholic schools are taught a superficial faith or one that is filled with don’ts and superstitions. It is an interesting look into one girl’s life.


  10. Emerson Emerson says:

    Written by author Kathleen McCormick, this book is a fascinating look at Catholicism, religion, and what happens when things are taken too far. The book plays with good and evil in a truly unique and interesting way as the main character of the book struggles with how to take in all the information she is being given. This book also delves into brainwashing, domestic violence, emerging sexuality, familial divide, culture, and the supernatural. I thought that this story did a great job of balancing the plot and characters intrigue and journey with the deeper exploration of themes. This book takes the reader on an incredible journey of the mind. It is inside the characters head where we see just how much the clash of family and faith have disrupted her reality. I found this book to be a fascinating read and interesting take on religion when it is taken too far and without its true morals. This book is wonderfully written; full of creative imagery, in-depth characters, and a story that will hold you captivated from the beginning until the very end. I was astonished by just how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was very impressed with this author and hope to see more from her in the future.


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