This epic, biographical in nature, depicts life in Boston, Mass., at the very beginning of the 20th century. It deals with the struggle of an illiterate immigrant's struggle to raise her infant son to become a worthy citizen of her adopted country. She had come to America to escape poverty and faced, instead, serious illness, deprivation, and unforeseen hardships. She was a most dedicated mother who utilized old-world sayings, customs, proverbs, philosophy, and moral principles to control and guide her son during his formative years. A must reading for young parents, historians, psychiatrists, and recent immigrants. Makes very fascinating, interesting, entertaining, and inspirational reading.