Monday, December 09, 2013

What We're Reading ... Someone by Alice McDermott


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.     

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