A Bigamist’s Daughter: A Novel

Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, witty novel about men and women, love, God, sad, hope, A Bigamist's Daughter is "a wise, illusion, and fiction itself" Newsweek. But when a young writer named tupper daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story―a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once.

The new york times bestselling author of after this and Charming Billy Elizabeth Connelly, sells the dream of publication admittedly, editor at a New York vanity press, to writers of questionable talent. Tupper's manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist.

As elizabeth and tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.

That Night: A Novel

That night, the young men provoke a violent confrontation, driven by Rick's determination to reclaim Sheryl, and as fathers step forward to protect their turf, notions of innocence belonging to both sides of the brawl are fractured forever. Alice mcdermott's that night is "a moving and captivating novel, both celebration and elegy…a rare and memorable work" The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sheryl and rick, two Long Island teenagers, share an intense, all-consuming love. A finalist for the pulitzer prize and the National Book Award It is high summer, the early 1960s. But sheryl's widowed mother steps between them, and one moonlit night Rick and a gang of hoodlums descend upon her quiet neighborhood.


At Weddings and Wakes: A Novel

Aunt agnes, the ex-nun, and finally aunt May, blossoming with a late and unexpected love, a caustic career woman, dutifully absorbing the legacy of their less-than-perfect family. The children quietly observe Aunt Veronica, who drowns her sorrows in drink. Lucy dailey leaves suburbia twice a week with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up, and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live.

Alice mcdermott beautifully evokes three generations of an Irish-American family in this "haunting and masterly work of literary art" The Wall Street Journal.

After This

Michael and his sister Annie are caught up in the sexual revolution. And the youngest, Clare, commits a stunning transgression after a childhood spent pleasing her parents. But neither mary nor john, distracted by memories and longings, can feel the wind that is buffeting their children, leading them in directions beyond their parents’ control.

On a wild, when mary first meets John Keane, windy April day in Manhattan, she cannot know what lies ahead of her. Jacob, brooding and frail, is drafted to Vietnam. As john and mary struggle to hold on to their family and their faith, Alice McDermott weaves an elegant, unforgettable portrait of a world in flux–and of the secrets and sorrows, anger and love, that lie at the heart of every family.

A marriage, a fleeting season of romance, and the birth of four children will bring John and Mary to rest in the safe embrace of a traditional Catholic life in the suburbs.

Someone: A Novel

Through her first heartbreak and eventual marriage; her delicate brother's brief stint as a Catholic priest and his emotional breakdown; her career as a funeral director's "consoling angel"; the deaths of her parents and the births of her children-we follow Marie through the changing world of the twentieth century and her Irish-American enclave.

An ordinary life-its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion-lived by an ordinary, but unforgettable woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott's extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel. We first glimpse marie commeford as a child: a girl in thick glasses observing her pre-Depression world from a Brooklyn stoop.

. Picador USA. Rendered with remarkable empathy and insight, Someone is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived, with passion and heartbreak, a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today.

Charming Billy: A Novel Picador Modern Classics

Picador USA. Billy lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. Alice mcdermott's striking novel, charming billy, is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, of the way good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide.

Charming billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction. As they trade tales of his famous humor, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, and consuming sorrow, a loyal friend, immense charm, a beloved husband, an incurable alcoholic.

Child of My Heart

Among her charges this fateful summer is Daisy, her younger cousin, who has come to spend a few quiet weeks in this bucolic place. While theresa copes with the challenge presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit, the tumultuous households of her employers, her precocious, tongue-in-check sense of order is tested as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood.

In alice mcdermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning Charming Billy, a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight. The beautiful child of older parents, poised, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, an effortless storyteller, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, a wonder with children and animals.

In her deeply etched rendering of all that happened that seemingly idyllic season, McDermott once again peers into the depths of everyday life with inimitable insight and grace. Picador USA.

Ninth Hour

Belonged to himself alone. In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. From national book award-winner and pulitzer prize finalist Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour is the critically-acclaimed “haunting and vivid portrait of an Irish Catholic clan in early twentieth century America” The Associated Press.

One of time magazine's top ten novels of the yeara 2017 kirkus prize FinalistA New York Times Book Review Notable Book On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens a gas tap in his Brooklyn tenement. Saviour, unbidden, a little nursing sister of the Sick Poor, an aging nun, appears, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

In catholic brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, superstition, and yet his suicide, though never spoken of, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence, reverberates through many lives―testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, decorum, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

. Rendered with remarkable delicacy, heart, and intelligence, Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife―that “the hours of his life.

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The Ninth Hour: A Novel

He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife―“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone. In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Picador USA. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

The characters we meet, who becomes the center of the story to the nuns whose personalities we come to know and love to the neighborhood families with whose lives they are entwined, the unborn baby at the beginning of the novel, from Sally, are all rendered with extraordinary sympathy and McDermott’s trademark lucidity and intelligence.

Savior, unbidden, an aging nun appears, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Alice mcdermott’s the ninth Hour is a crowning achievement by one of the premiere writers at work in America today. Finalist for national book critics circle award in fictionnew york times book review's 100 notable books of 2017the washington post's 50 notable works of fiction 2017the wall street journal's top 10 novels of 2017time Magazine's Top 10 Novels of 2017NPR's Best Books of 2017Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction & Best Historical Fiction of 2017Library Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017Barnes & Noble's 25 Best Fiction Books of 2017A magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writers―a powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement.

Child of My Heart

Her parents decided that her best chance in life was to marry a wealthy man, so she was raised on the east end of Long Island, among the country houses of the rich. Once again, alice mcdermott explores the mysterious depths of what seems like everyday life with unforgettable insight and resonant emotional power.

Alice mcdermott's haunting and enchanting new work of fiction--her first since the bestselling Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award--is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. The narrator's witty, disappointment, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during that seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale--infused with suppressed passion, piquant, and enduring hope--its remarkable vividness and impact.

. There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps. A young girl's astonishing, poignant first look into the turbulent heart of things"I had in my care that summer four dogs, Daisy, and Flora, my eight-year-old cousin, three cats, the Moran kids, the toddler child of a local artist.

On the cusp of fifteen, she is the town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, Daisy, a wonder with children and animals, but also a solitary soul with an already complex understanding of human nature--when her favorite cousin, beloved, comes to spend the summer. Picador USA.

That Night

During the sixties in long island, rick and sheryl are high-school sweethearts and, when Sheryl becomes pregnant, must struggle against the strict conventions of their time to prevent their love from being destroyed Picador USA.