At weddings and wakes

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Penguin, 1993 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Roman om en irsk-katolsk familie i 1960ernes Brooklyn.

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Review: At Weddings and Wakes

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

Alice delivers again. Among her many insights, so superbly put: "She had inherited her mother's easy access to regret." The depth McDermott achieves in this shifting narrative across multiple levels ... Read full review

Review: At Weddings and Wakes

User Review  - Sqwalsh - Goodreads

I could appreciate this book but didn't love it. McDermott brilliant told the tale from such distance it was a challenge to follow and absorb. The biggest trouble I had with the book was the chapter about the ghost (or whatever) in the window, still trying to figure out how or why that fit in. Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Alice McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 27, 1953. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1975 and an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1978. After graduating college, she got a job reading unsolicited manuscripts for Redbook magazine and did some freelance reading for Esquire. She has taught writing at American University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of California at San Diego. Currently, she is the Writing Seminars Professor of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Department. Her short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker, Seventeen, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has written several novels including A Bigamist's Daughter, At Weddings and Wakes, Child of My Heart, and After This. That Night was made into a film starring C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis in 1992. She has won several awards including the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 for Charming Billy, a Whiting Writers Award, and the 2008 Corrington Award for Literature.

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