While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter fruits of the sexual revolution, their older brother, Jacob, finds himself on the way to Viet Nam. Clare, the youngest child, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. As their parents, John and Mary, struggle to uphold the family's framework, the four siblings are destined to experience the challenges and liberties born in the crucible of the 1960s.
With McDermott's inimitable understanding and grace, After This captures the joy, sorrow, anger and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - christinejoseph - LibraryThing
Catholic family — 4 children struggles with the 80's On a wild, windy April day in Manhattan, when Mary first meets John Keane, she cannot know what lies ahead of her. A marriage, a fleeting season ... Read full review
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I could completely understand the families in this book---must be my age! McDermott beautifully describes the feelings of the times---all about changes and similarities of the generations. Read full review