What is the conflict in "Angela's Ashes"?

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The main ongoing conflict in Frank McCourt's novel Angela's Ashes is his mother's ongoing battle to keep her children from starving while her husband, McCourt's father, a semi-functional alcoholic, bounces from job to job and drinks away every cent of his paycheck on those rare occasions when he actually gets one.  McCourt frequently mentions drinking tea out of jelly jars, and eating bread as their only meals.  Angela had a sister and mother who refused to help her, because they disapproved of her husband, and she often went begging to charity organizations as her only means of survival.

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