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McDermott, Alice (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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A fully realized portrait ofnbsp;one woman's lifenbsp;in all its complexity, by the National Book Award-winning author An ordinary life--its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion--lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone , Alice McDermott's extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This . Scattered recollections--of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age--come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott's deft, lyrical voice. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an "amadan," a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs.nbsp;Thenbsp;magic of McDermott's novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Marie's first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother's brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents' deaths; the births and lives of Marie's children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn--McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight. This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived; a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers at work today. nbsp; Anbsp; Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013 A New York Times Notable Book of 2013 A Washington Post Notablenbsp;Fiction Book of 2013 An NPR Best Book of 2013
Authors: McDermott, Alice
Title: Someone
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Awards & Distinctions: Bookmarks Best Books 2013
PW Best Books of 2013
ISBN: 0374281092
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Alice McDermott
Subject Headings: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Fiction Irish American women Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Irish American women
LCCN: 2013014938
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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.

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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