Someone

Someone

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A novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived; a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers

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. She 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.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Canada,, [2013]
Edition: First Canadian editon
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781443424974
Branch Call Number: F MCD
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm

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booklady413 Apr 22, 2015

Marie lives an average life, but she longs for "someone". As a child of Irish immigrants living in what is now downtown Brooklyn, her story takes us from her childhood until old age. Interwoven with heartache, lost love and family obligations, we see a life lived through days. An excellent read.

madison382 Mar 04, 2015

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.

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annphi
Aug 03, 2014

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

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LDPBLM
Jul 01, 2014

This is my first Alice McDermott novel - really good character development , but rather odd format . I'll read more of her work , though

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molmil8
May 31, 2014

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.

Jane60201 Apr 18, 2014

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

patienceandfortitude Mar 08, 2014

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

Tish1NYC Mar 08, 2014

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.

carrilis Mar 06, 2014

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

Bierlingen 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.

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