Bright Deep Water: A Boston Life

Bright Deep Water: A Boston Life

by David Mehegan


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A graduate of the Massachusetts Nautical School and Northeastern University Law School who served with the U.S. Navy during World War II, Alfred Mehegan forged a career and family life, notwithstanding the disadvantages of strife and neglect in childhood, and lifelong struggles with depression and alcohol. The gracefully written, deeply reflective story is told against the background of Boston in the early and mid-20th century, the American carnival, the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy, Boston Irish immigration and Catholic cultural life, the Great Depression, World War II, the Greatest Generation; and the age of the Postwar Baby Boom. More than a simple chronicle, the story explores high hopes and bad luck, differences of values and dreams between parents and sons, and ponders why "one person can escape the barbed hooks of family pathology, while another cannot."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692877920
Publisher: Chinquapin Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

A Boston native, David Mehegan is the former book editor and literary reporter of the Boston Globe. He is a graduate of Suffolk University, a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hingham, Massachusetts, Public Library, and has a PhD in textual editing from Boston University, concentrated on the works of Alistair Cooke. He and his wife, Julianne Mehegan, live near Boston.

Table of Contents


Prologue: 42:3581 degrees N, 71.0636 degrees W

1. Immigrants and Children

2. Boyhood

3. No Excuse for Deviation

4. Down to the Sea

5. Love and Law

6. Dark Horizon

7. Secret Agent

8. "My Private War"

10. Peace

11. The Townies

12. Sweet and Bitter

13. On His Own

14. What He Was Like

15. Sickness

16. The End of Time

Epilogue: Bright Deep Water

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