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McDermott, Alice

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ISBN 10: 0374281092 / ISBN 13: 9780374281090
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, N. Y., U.S.A., 2013
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Signed by author on title page in black fountain ink. Author of the National Book Award-winning CHARMING BILLY, as well as THAT NIGHT, AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES and AFTER THIS, all of which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. SOMEONE was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, and a fiction finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award. As new, unread copy opened only for signing, in as new, mylar-protected dust jacket. L117. Bookseller Inventory # 020789

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Title: SOMEONE

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, N. Y., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A fully realized portrait of one woman's life in all its complexity, by the National Book Award–winning author

An ordinary life―its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion―lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott's extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections―of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age―come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott's deft, lyrical voice.
Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an "amadan," a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs. The magic of McDermott's novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another.
Marie's first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother's brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents' deaths; the births and lives of Marie's children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn―McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight. This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived; a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers at work today.

A Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013
A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

About the Author:

Alice McDermott is the author of six previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

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