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by McDermott, Alice,

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
Available (9)
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Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual CD McDERMOTT Alice
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Audio/Visual
Call Number  CD McDERMOTT Alice
Bridgeville Public Library Audiovisual FIC MCD
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  FIC MCD
CLP - Allegheny Regional Audiovisual Collection CD McDermott
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD McDermott
CLP - East Liberty AV CD McDermott
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  AV
Call Number  CD McDermott
CLP - Homewood Audiovisual Collection CD McDermott
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD McDermott
CLP - Squirrel Hill Audiovisual Collection CD McDermott
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD McDermott
Monroeville Public Library Audio CD MCDERMOTT Alice Unabridged
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Audio
Call Number  CD MCDERMOTT Alice Unabridged
Northland Public Library Audio Books FIC MCDERMOTT (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Upper St. Clair Township Library Audiobooks McDERMOTT Alice
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Audiobooks
Call Number  McDERMOTT Alice
A gripping new novel from the National Book Award-winning author of Charming Billy A fully realized portrait of one woman's life 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.      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.   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. Armstrong/traditional) - You Don't Want to Go Into New York City (W. Armstrong) - It Is All Solved by Walking (W. Armstrong)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Who is going to love me? Marie asks her older brother, Gabe, after her heart is broken. Someone, he replies. How humble this pronoun is, and what a provocative title it makes. Readers who love refined, unhurried, emotionally fluent fiction will rejoice at National Book Award-winner McDermott's return. McDermott (After This, 2006) is a master of hidden intensities, intricate textures, spiked dialogue, and sparkling wit. We first meet Marie at age seven, when she's sitting on the stoop in her tight-knit, Irish-Catholic Brooklyn neighborhood, waiting for her father to come home from work. Down the street, boys play stickball, consulting with dapper Billy, their blind umpire, an injured WWI vet. Tragedies and scandals surge through the enclave, providing rough initiations into sex and death. Gabe becomes a priest. Marie works at a funeral home as a consoling angel, acquiring cryptic clues to the mysteries of life via teatime gossip sessions with the director's wise mother and a circle of wryly knowing nuns. Eventually Marie finds joy as a wife and mother, while Gabe struggles with his faith and sexuality. A marvel of subtle modulations, McDermott's keenly observed, fluently humane, quietly enthralling novel of conformity and selfhood, of lace-curtain pretensions as shield and camouflage, celebrates family, community, and the grace of a shared past. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A new McDermott novel is big news, and Someone will be heralded nationally with an author tour and enhanced cross-country publicity in all media.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The challenge of narrating McDermott's latest novel is its impressionistic quality-the story wends back and forth through time, from prewar childhood in Brooklyn to middle-aged parenthood, old age, and back again. The one constant in the book is the protagonist, Marie, who has compromised eyesight, but offers keen observations about human nature. In this audio edition Kate Reading provides a needed constancy. Her female characters have a world-weariness about them. Whether they are sighing with subtle disappointment at a daughter's inability to bake bread or keening with grief in the neighborhood funeral home, Reading makes their range of emotions entirely believable. She is not quite as successful with the novel's male characters, which lack vocal differentiation. Even Marie's sensitive brother Gabe and her entirely insensitive boyfriend, Walter, sound much the same. But, considering how much of the novel is about women's lives and experiences, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent performance. An FSG hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Irish American women -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Macmillan Audio,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Reading, Kate, narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Kate Reading.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
"Includes a bonus conversation between Alice McDermott and her editor, Jonathan Galassi"--Container.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781427213105
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