McDermott, Alice

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age"--Provided by the publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250055361
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 04, 2015
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I was sooo sad when I came to the end. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Aug 03, 2014
  • annphi rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is my first read with this author and
it will be my last! The fact that it won
a high award is bewildering. The plot
eludes me, the characters are one
deminsional, McDemott's writing style
is disjointed with endless descriptive
paragraphs. Little if any dialogue or
interactions between charachters. They
seem do die off with no context or explanation. VERY disappointing

May 31, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book starts off slow, but it is worth it to stick with it, and it is a good story, a vignette of someone's life. I usually have trouble with time-shifting but in this book it was what made the book a gem.

Apr 18, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A pleasant read. Interesting how the chapters are not sequential in Marie's life.

Mar 08, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A lovely book about an Irish immigrant family in Brooklyn. Very touching and beautifully written.

Mar 08, 2014
  • Tish1NYC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Graceful, touching story of a woman growing up and living in Brooklyn in the period post WWII. Superb and one of the best I've read in a long time.

Mar 06, 2014
  • carrilis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good, enjoyable story of random events of one woman's life.

Nov 19, 2013

So true to life, how the randomness of joy and tragedy touches a life at different intervals. Very nicely written. Very engaging.

Oct 29, 2013
  • diggie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

best novel of 2013 so far. wickedly funny and deeply moving,absolutely beautiful writing, fine observation, transcendence of the ordinary, etc. tree grows in brooklyn grows up.


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