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Ending was abrupt and incomplete, but Maria was a believable and a likable protagonist. I enjoyed this story but would have preferred more development of Gabe, the solemn and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dr. Gail Lockart
Perfecto! McDermott is a wizard with words - her prose is poignant, perfect and provocative. Someone is about a passive girl with very poor eyesight growing up in a Brooklyn... Read morePublished 1 day ago by MaggieG
Brooklyn in the 50's. The Irish. The church. The kids playing in the neighborhood. She captures it all with such precision. Give yourself a gift and read this book.Published 1 day ago by Teacher Peg
My only disappointment was the ending. I was not expecting it so quick. But, like death, do we EVER? Read morePublished 2 days ago by TheWineStudioTampa
This is such a marvelous, easy to read story told through Marie's memories as she looks back over the years recalling the things that were meaningful in her life. Read morePublished 2 days ago by thewanderingjew
This is a beautifully written novel by Alice McDermott who as usual captures the spirit of an Irish family in America. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Deborah Clancy
This is a quiet book with beautiful writing. I felt like I was transported in time and place to vignettes of the characters' lives. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Doree M.
A lovely book. Fascinating, complex characters. It is not action-packed, rather it is filled with insight, sadness, and joy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.Published 7 days ago by DEK
Once again Alice McDermott makes the story of ordinary people an extraordinary experience. Her beautiful and thoughtfully crafted sentences bring the reader into the life of Marie... Read morePublished 7 days ago by K. Whitgrove