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Let's Meet Up and Discuss a Book: Someone by Alice McDermott

Limit: 10 people
Discussion leader: Mary S.

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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.

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  • Mary G.

    Very good discussion with a great group of women

    2 days ago

  • Terry

    I will be at Panera by 9 a.m. for breakfast. Please consider joining me!

    November 30

  • marystojak

    I asked Alice if she would like to come to the book discussion, but unfortunately, she's out of town. She's taking a sabbatical from her teaching at Hopkins so she can finish her latest book. She asked me to tell you that she's sorry she can't come and hopes everyone enjoys Someone.

    2 · July 16

    • Terry

      Thanks for reaching out to her for us.

      July 16

  • Patricia P.

    Hi Terry, I replied to Karen's question about the September book club post. When did you schedule this one? I was on the site and logged into my email all afternoon and I can't find the notice that it was scheduled.

    July 11

    • Terry

      This book group fills up very fast, usually within the first few hours of posting it on the site.

      July 12

    • Patricia P.

      Yes, the book discussions are extremely popular and fill up quickly. (If you blink before you RSVP, you won't get a spot.) I think there's enough interest to have two book groups, but finding a free place to meet and deciding on a date and time isn't easy. I'll keep you posted. Suggestions are always welcome. :-)

      July 12

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