Someone

A Novel by Alice McDermott

  • Published: Oct 03, 2020

A fully realized portrait of one woman's life in all its complexity, by the National Book Awardwinning author An ordinary lifeits sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusionlived by an ordinary woman this is the... read more

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Details of Someone

Exact title of the book
Someone
Book author
Alice McDermott
ISBN
9781427213112
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Sep 10, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

A fully realized portrait of one woman's life in all its complexity, by the National Book Awardwinning author An ordinary lifeits sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusionlived by an ordinary woman this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott's extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollectionsof childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old agecome together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott's deft, lyrical voice. 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. The magic of McDermott's novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another.

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 BrooklynMcDermott 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. A 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 Notable Fiction Book of 2013 An NPR Best Book of 2013 Includes a bonus interview with Alice McDermott and her editor Jonathan Galassi Program features original music composed specifically for the novel Beginnings (W.

Armstrongtraditional) You Don't Want to Go Into New York City (W. Armstrong) It Is All Solved by Walking (W. Armstrong)

About author

McDermott is the author of six previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.

C. Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named by AudioFile magazine as a "Voice of the Century," as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. Reading has performed at numerous theaters in Washington D.

C. and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon.

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