The owner of a Brooklyn bar carrying his name, which Johnny frequents. He is a lonely man, and when Johnny dies, McGarrity quietly forgives his thirty-eight-dollar debt. McGarrity had liked Johnny because he was a good talker and storyteller. When he visits Katie to offer her financial help and her children jobs in his saloon, he also finds that he enjoys conversation with her. An Irish immigrant, McGarrity is married to a woman named Mae and has two children: Irene, who is Francie’s age, and a ten-year-old son named Jim. Both of his children are disappointments to him. He later sells his bar and moves away to a large place on Hempstead Turnpike near Long Island. Anticipating Prohibition, he stocks his basement with liquor. His intention is to open a speakeasy called The Club Mae-Marie, where his wife, Mae, will wear an evening dress and be the club’s hostess.
Jim McGarrity Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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...knows that money would not exactly make her children better. She thinks of how the McGarrity children have money but are selfish and mean toward other children. She thinks of Miss... (full context)
...and graduate. One day, she gets lucky when she decides to pay a visit to McGarrity’s to thank him for the wreath. Jim McGarrity misses Johnny, particularly his storytelling. Later, he... (full context)
...looks “little and shabby” to her now, but she still loves it. She also passes McGarrity’s saloon, though Jim McGarrity no longer owns it. Anticipating Prohibition, he and Mae move to... (full context)