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Someone
ALICE MCDERMOTT

Someone by Alice McDermott
529 reviews (2013) (240p)
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2013: Fiction #1
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 #1
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist #1

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Book Description
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.


Other Award Winning Books by Alice McDermott
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
161 reviews (2017) (256p) (Time Top10) (LJ Top10) (NBCCA) (TIME)
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After This by Alice McDermott
48 reviews (2006) (288p) (PP)
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Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
301 reviews (1998) (256p) (NBA) (ALA)
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At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
21 reviews (1992) (224p) (PP)
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That Night by Alice McDermott
24 reviews (1987) (192p) (PP) (NBA) (PF) (LATimes)
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Alice McDermott Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 9  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 6  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 3 At Weddings and Wakes · That Night · After This ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 Someone · The Ninth Hour ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 Charming Billy ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Charming Billy · That Night ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 That Night ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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