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"The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age"--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374281090
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm


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When readers first meet Marie Commeford, she is seven years old, waiting on the steps for her father to return to their Brooklyn home. From a chance encounter with a hapless neighbor girl that same day to her parents' deaths, through World War II, Marie's first sexual encounter, marriage and chil... Read More »

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Feb 26, 2019

I love this book! McDermott is a great writer and I'm glad I found her! I have read four of her books in a short amount of time now and have put a hold on another. I just can't get enough. Growing up Catholic, I am not lost on the many Catholic references. McDermott's character development is spot-on. I like to write and think I'm pretty good, but this author's writing makes me know I have a long way to go.

Jan 16, 2019

I'm always drawn to books that take place in cities I know and love! This tale did not disappoint.

ArapahoeJill Oct 15, 2018

A lovely, short read that evokes the time and place of her storytelling. This was my first time reading McDermott's literary work and I was drawn in by the way she crafts a narrative. Her sentences modulate between simple to artful. McDermott weaves the story of Marie Commeford's life, growing from girl to woman in Brooklyn, experiencing her first love, her first job and through loss, love, and temporary blindness, you are drawn in by this simple, but artfully crafted work. I found the way that she bounced around in the timeline of the story intriguing. I will definitely explore more of McDermott's other literary works and learn from her as a writer.

booklady413 Apr 22, 2015

Marie lives an average life, but she longs for "someone". As a child of Irish immigrants living in what is now downtown Brooklyn, her story takes us from her childhood until old age. Interwoven with heartache, lost love and family obligations, we see a life lived through days. An excellent read.

madison382 Mar 04, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book, I was sooo sad when I came to the end. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Aug 03, 2014

This is my first read with this author and
it will be my last! The fact that it won
a high award is bewildering. The plot
eludes me, the characters are one
deminsional, McDemott's writing style
is disjointed with endless descriptive
paragraphs. Little if any dialogue or
interactions between charachters. They
seem do die off with no context or explanation. VERY disappointing

Jul 01, 2014

This is my first Alice McDermott novel - really good character development , but rather odd format . I'll read more of her work , though

May 31, 2014

This book starts off slow, but it is worth it to stick with it, and it is a good story, a vignette of someone's life. I usually have trouble with time-shifting but in this book it was what made the book a gem.

Jane60201 Apr 18, 2014

A pleasant read. Interesting how the chapters are not sequential in Marie's life.

patienceandfortitude Mar 08, 2014

A lovely book about an Irish immigrant family in Brooklyn. Very touching and beautifully written.

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