This work is a series of anecdotes in mainly chronological order depicting the author's experiences during his grade school years growing up in a catholic orphanage. It portrays a way of life no longer a part of the American scene. Orphanages have given way to foster homes and children's social services; a poor exchange in the writers view. Growing Up Well - Tales From An Orphans Asylum is just that - the memories of coming to age among 500 young people in a religious environment with its shortcomings and many blessings. This book is a touching and mainly uplifting memoir of a young boy's ordinary life in an unusual setting.