After This Author:Alice McDermott 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 of romance, and the birth of four children will bring John and Mary to rest in the safe embrace of a traditional Catholic life in the suburbs. But neither Mary nor John, distracted by memories and longi... more »ngs, can feel the wind that is buffeting their children, leading them in directions beyond their parents' control. Michael and his sister Annie are caught up in the sexual revolution. Jacob, brooding and frail, is drafted to Vietnam. And the youngest, Clare, commits a stunning transgression after a childhood spent pleasing her parents. As John and Mary struggle to hold on to their family and their faith, Alice McDermott weaves an elegant, unforgettable portrait of a world in flux -- and of the secrets and sorrows, anger and love, that lie at the heart of every family.« less
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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.
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.