Walking the Line: Scenes from an Army Childhood by Kevin T. Brophy
Kevin T. Brophy spent his formative years in the married quarters of an army barracks on the edge of Galway, on Ireland's west coast. In a landscape dominated by men in uniform, the household he grows up in is dominated by his mother, and the book tells of the intense relationship between mother and son. The "line" is the railway path, linking home and barracks with the other world of town and school. The book is written from the child's perspective, with an epilogue written from the mature perspective of middle age.