September 2013 Indie Next List
“'Who's going to love me? Marie asks her brother after being dumped by her first boyfriend. 'Someone,' he tells her. 'Someone will.' Love is only one of the themes that weave together these non-linear stories in Alice McDermott's latest mesmerizing novel. The tale is told through Marie's memories, as a little girl, an old woman, a mother. Snapshot after snapshot of events in a Brooklyn neighborhood come together seamlessly to tell the endlessly fascinating story of someone's life.
-- Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI”
— Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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 seventh novel.
We first glimpse Marie Commeford as a child: a girl in thick glasses observing her pre-Depression world from a Brooklyn stoop. 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. 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.
About the Author
Alice McDermott is the author of several 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.