Books by Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of five previous novels, including Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.


THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott's (Someone, 2013, etc.) stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel."
In Brooklyn in the early 20th century, The Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor are intimately involved in the lives of their community. Read full book review >
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"There is no high drama here, but Marie and Gabe are compelling in their basic goodness, as is McDermott's elegy to a vanished world."
McDermott's brief seventh novel (Child of My Heart, 2002, etc.) follows seven decades of a Brooklyn woman's modest life to create one of the author's most trenchant explorations into the heart and soul of the 20th-century Irish-American family. Read full book review >
AFTER THIS by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Genuinely moving yet amorphous, like a remembered fragrance that you can't quite place."
A disarmingly understated tale of mid-to-late-20th-century Long Island Catholics from McDermott, who has come to own this particular literary turf after five penetrating novels and a National Book Award. Read full book review >
CHILD OF MY HEART by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"We know what's coming, but so do the characters—that's part of this tale's bittersweet power."
After the National Book Award-winning Charming Billy (1998), McDermott returns to the familiar turf of her earlier fiction: East Hampton and the inner life of a precocious girl one crucial summer. Read full book review >
CHARMING BILLY by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A softly resonant and nostalgic tale told so masterfully, so movingly, that it seems to distill a human essence on virtually every page."
McDermott (At Weddings and Wakes, 1992, etc.) extends her view of Irish-American life with this gentle portrait of an alcoholic freshly dead from drink, and of the family he leaves behind to reveal and remember. Read full book review >
AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"In translucent prose with rich recognitions, a fine novel of vigorous wisdom and heartbreaking humanity."
Following the author's splendid That Night (1987), this remarkable novel—about the temper and times of an Irish-American family in 1950's Long Island and Brooklyn—firmly establishes McDermott as a writer of major talent. Read full book review >