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SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME.

Morris, Mary McGarry.

ISBN 10: 067086014X / ISBN 13: 9780670860142
Published by New York: The Viking Press, (1995.) dj, 1995
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. New England writer's third novel, SIGNED on the title page. From the flap: 'Mary McGarry Morris has been compared to John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers. In her new novel-an ode to an American family, which in spite of turmoil and confusion refuses to be defeated-she weaves a tight and flawless tale that reveals the passionate and totally abosorbing story of the Fermoyles and of life in the small town of Atkinson, Vermont. set in the summer of 1960-the last quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall.' This is the first printing, which preceded Oprah's rather problematical selection of this book - both because it was out of print at the time and because of its length. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful book, incredibly evocative of a place and era not quite forgotten - the title refers to the ritual of the Catholic Church for days which are not recognized as holy - 'ordinary time.' Despite it's length - at 740 pages - this is virtually impossible to put down. Very good in a near fine dust jacket. (inscription on front endpaper, crease to front flap of dj.). Bookseller Inventory # 42454

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Title: SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME.

Publisher: New York: The Viking Press, (1995.) dj

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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It's the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Maria Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeeninvolved with a young priest; Norm, sixteenhotheaded and idealistic; and Benny, twelveisolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth he knows about Duvall. We also meet Sam Fermoyle, the children's alcoholic father; Sam's brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his failing appliance store; and the Klubock family, whoin contrast to the Fermoyleslive an orderly life in the house next door.

Songs in Ordinary Time is a masterful epic of the everyday, illuminating the kaleidoscope of lives that tell the compelling story of this unforgettably family.

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1997: A dark secret lies at the heart of Mary McGarry Morris's extraordinary novel, Songs in Ordinary Time. Rooted in the delicate web of emotions, lies, and truths that bind people together, the story takes place in the primarily Catholic town of Atkinson, Vermont, during the summer of 1960. Here Marie Fermoyle struggles to raise her three children. She already has two strikes against her: she married above her station and now is divorced from her alcoholic husband, Sam. That he is the town drunk and a laughingstock only further marks the Fermoyles.

Enter Omar Duvall, a confidence man. He comes to the door asking for bread and sees an opportunity. Soon he has insinuated himself into the Fermoyle family, promising Marie companionship, love, a willing pair of shoulders to share her burden. Twelve-year-old Benjy knows something terrible about Duvall, but, desperate for anything that will make his mother happy, he hides the truth. This silence gives Duvall time to bring Marie to the brink of financial disaster and lead her sons into mortal danger.

Songs in Ordinary Time includes a chorus of other Atkinson inhabitants: town cop Sonny Stoner and his dying wife; insurance salesman Bob Haddad, so enthralled with his beautiful wife that he's willing to steal for her; and Father Gannon, the young priest with whom Marie's daughter Alice becomes involved; and the Klubock family next door, who epitomize all that is normal to young Benjy. With these lives threaded through her bittersweet tale of the Fermoyles, Morris strikes all the notes of loneliness, hope, and familial love.

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