Search Results: "Alice McDermott"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION by Shannon McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2014

"A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively."
In McDemott's (Inspection, 2013, etc.) latest fantasy novel, an embittered warrior leads a revolt against an ethereal enemy enslaving his people and finds himself in a fight for his own soul. Read full book review >

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BABYFACE by Jeanne McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Although not a story to be bestowed upon expectant mothers at baby showers, McDermott's courageous tale will prove riveting to most readers."
The gripping story of science writer and teacher McDermott's first year as the mother of a disabled child. Read full book review >

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PIG-BOY by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Good rascally fun. (Picture book/folktale. 3-5)"
Joining McDermott's other trickster tales meant for keiki ("very young children" in the Hawaiian language) is the tale of the shape-shifting pig whose annoying and greedy habits land him in endless trouble with both the king and the goddess Pele. Read full book review >

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MONKEY by Gerald McDermott
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"This final volume in McDermott's sextet of trickster tales is as full of kid appeal and entertaining as the rest and, like them, will power many an energetic read-aloud. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
Monkey wants some mangoes and Crocodile wants some monkey—and neither is about to give up in this traditional Indian trickster tale. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Accessible to small children but resonant enough for older ones, reverent and magnificent. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Decades of turning myth into gorgeously imaged picture books culminates in McDermott's powerful rendering of the creation story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the body of work by a proven master. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Jabutí, the flute-playing tortoise, may not be as well known in North America as some of his fellow tricksters like Coyote or Ananse, but there are many stories about him in Amazonian folklore, first recorded as long ago as 1875. Read full book review >