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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: ["
PW Best Books of 2013", "
Bookmarks Best Books 2013"]
ISBN: 9780374281090
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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  • 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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