Comments for Hungry Hill
Hungry Hill covers the time from the death of Betty O'Malley through to Gaunt's graduation from high school. Along the way her father remarried and quickly drank himself to death leaving Carole and her seven brothers in the care of a drug abusing step mother.
Carole throughout these years was left to care for her brothers because the was the girl of the family not because she was the oldest.
Every so often Gaunt gives glimpses of her life as an adult written as scenes from a play. At first these breaks in the memoir were jarring but they are an important part of the memoir. They show that Carole was able to survive her traumatic childhood and go on to lead a normal life. They also explain that the writing of this memoir was part of the healing process.