Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Fiction by author Alice McDermott

Select title link to view record in the CARL online catalog. After This by Alice McDermott, published 2006

Listen to an author interview (15 Feb 2007) on KCUR Los Angeles's program "The Bookworm"

Read an excerpt from her latest book After This

Read the publisher description: "Alice McDermott’s powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live. While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott’s inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family."

Other works by Alice McDermott Child of my heart Charming Billy At weddings and wakes

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