A vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century by bestselling author Alice McDermott.
MY COMMENTS: This is not one of Alice McDermott's best. It's a little flat and disjointed. Read by Martha Plimpton, I found it satisfying enough to listen to and stay with for my 10 hour drive, so definitely not disappointing in that regard. It is soft and endearing with an ending that leaves the listener wondering what happened.
A lot like "Flesh and Blood"; a story that follows one family from the parents' meeting to the coming of age of the youngest child. This was hard for me to put down. The ending leaves you wondering what will happen to this family.
A sad look into the lives of an ordinary middle class family in Long Island in the 50s and 60s. Their troubles were our troubles, their view of the world, ours.
It was a bit slow in spots but overall a nice story about an American Family in the 60's.
I like her books. Much of it is written from the children's point of view of adult life. Good read.
Quite somber. An in depth look at a so called typical family in the 60's. Not for someone looking for a romance book. I enjoyed the book because there was a lot I could associate with. An easy read and fast.
Lovingly written....scrumptious to read.
I really did not enjoy this book. The story was boring and didn't have much going on. Easily forgotten.
McDermott is a master at evoking readers' understanding of the characters through a paucity of description of the truly meaningful events in this book. I found the same was true of Charming Billy. The chapters often begin with the event already accomplished that determines the responses and interactions of the characters that then lead to the next chapter. I really enjoy this prose. Ms. McDermott is well worth reading.
I guess my expectations were too high. I'm done with the 3rd disc of 9 and I'm still waiting for a plot line. I'm pretty sure I will be reposting this soon.