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|Publisher||:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Number of Pages||:||232|
|Category||:||Fiction, Historical fiction, Literary fiction, Novels|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Someone An ordinary life its sharp pains and unexpected joys its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion lived by an ordinary woman 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 .
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 .
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 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 .