|Someone by Alice McDermott|
A new Alice McDermott novel is always something to savor. In “Someone” (FICTION MCDERMOTT), McDermott frames the whole of Marie Commeford’s life in a series of remembered stories. We meet Marie as a 7 year old sitting on a stoop in Brooklyn. She grows up, falls for a neighbor boy but ends up heartbroken. She marries a good man and has a family; her parents die, her husband dies and she loses her sight. It’s an ordinary life but it becomes luminous in McDermott’s writing; no other writer captures the Irish-American experience as well.