by Catherine Gildiner
Cathy McClure is a bright child, growing up in a picturesque small town minutes from the thundering splendor of Niagara Falls. Sent to work full-time in her father's drug store by age four as a treatment for hyperactivity, Cathy is a child circulating in an adult world. Day-to-day life with her unconventional mother is out of sync with the teachings of her Catholic school teachers, the assumptions of her doctor and the messages blaring from the family's new television set. Funny, honest and sometimes shocking, Too Close to the Falls is an enjoyable look at 1950s America, through eyes of a child smart enough to spot the contradictions.