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Songs in Ordinary Time
Songs in Ordinary Time
Author: Mary McGarry Morris
In the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont, Marie Fremoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her childres make her easy prey for con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, 17, involved with a young priest, Norm, 16, hotheaded and idealistic, and Benjy, 12 -- isolated and misunderstood, and so d...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140244823
ISBN-10: 0140244824
Publication Date: 8/1/1996
Pages: 752
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 356 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Leigh avatar reviewed Songs in Ordinary Time on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
Be warned this book is long and contains nearly as many characters as a Dickens novel. I felt let down and extremely disappointed with this book - it was almost as if Morris had given up trying to move the plot along around page 600. There was so much potential in each one of the multiple storylines, but nothing, to me, panned out. A few things still stick with me, most notably the gentleman making crude phone calls and the woman who spoke to him. Not really recommended unless you like stopping books part-way through.
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Helpful Score: 15
A fascinating story about a poor and lonely woman who tried to raise 3 kids with an alcoholic husband. It described her pain and frustration very realistically living in a small town... The plot was amazing, taking the reader through a forbidden romance and a crime as well as other family mishaps. McGarry Morris painted an overall sense of urgency and hopelessness that made you feel sorry for the characters. I was easily pulled into the plot and I had trouble putting it down until I got to the end!
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Helpful Score: 14
I loved this book. In the beginning I felt a little overwhelmed with
the number of characters being introduced so quickly. I thought I would never be able to keep them straight. I was completely wrong the author has a wonderful way of including the reader in her story. I could not wait to get home from work to read this book. I liked it so much I even considered caling out of work so I can finish it. A great read
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Helpful Score: 9
An excellent read. You will g et caught up in the dynamics of the Fermoyle family. You will wonder how anything good can come from so much disfunction yet I found it to be a story of survival and triumph.
Bonnie avatar reviewed Songs in Ordinary Time on + 364 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Yikes, I am not sure how I felt about this book. I really liked it, and yet, was so disgusted by the stupidity of the characters. But I couldn't stop reading...a weird plot...a con man selling soap to the whole neighborhood, a woman falling in love with this charlatan at the expense of her children, weird in-laws. Just couldn't put it down.
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This novel tells the story of the down-and-out Fermoyle faily. Living in Vermont in the 1960s, Marie Fermoyle and her three children live in poverty and desperation, for more money, more security, and more affection. Marie Fermoyle, a hardened cynic, is so desperate for all of the above that she falls victim to the wiles of a con man. The Fermoyle children are blatantly aware that their mother is being fleeced, but the emotional distance of all the family members makes it difficult for any of them to communicate or to trust one another. As Marie falls deeper under her now-boyfriend's spell it is the Fermoyle children who feel this lack of communication most acutely. The most difficult character in this book is Marie Fermoyle: cold, cynical, and emotionally abusive towards her children, Marie is clearly a woman who has been deeply wounded and is now striking back, albeit at the wrong people. In this book Morris has crafted a deeply complex narrative with fantastic chracter development. Truly, she has created a whole world in this Vermont town. The characters' lives are richly interwoven with one another, and actions by one reverberate to affect the whole. This is a deeply moving and engaging novel.
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A real life cruise of samall-town USA with the top down and the volume up. In her graphic, stiletto chapters, Mary McGarry Morris is a cross between Elizabeth Gaskett and David Lynch." Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Marie Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen-involved with a young priest; Norm, sixteen-hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve-isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth he knows about Duvall...


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