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Mary and O'Neil

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Awards

2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Mary and O?Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they?d come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again?

Justin Cronin?s poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O?Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O?Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O?Neil?s parents, Mary?s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O?Neil?s sister?s battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O?Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.

Review:

?Justin Cronin must have been a novelist in an earlier life. What else could account for the mature insight and the beautifully controlled technique we find in his debut novel?...Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.? The Boston Globe

Review:

?A literary love story...about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.? USA Today

Review:

An astonishingly good first novel...fully engaging from the first paragraph. What a gift: to be able to live alongside these people for a while.? Ann Patchett, Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

Unanimously praised on its hardcover publication, Justin Cronin's poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O'Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope.

About the Author

Justin Cronin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and associate professor of English at La Salle University. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Epoch, Greensboro Review, and Crescent Review, and in The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. He lives with his wife and their young daughter in Philadelphia.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333597
Author:
Cronin, Justin
Publisher:
Dial Press
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Philadelphia
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 937
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.24x5.56x.56 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Dial Press - English 9780385333597 Reviews:
"Review" by , ?Justin Cronin must have been a novelist in an earlier life. What else could account for the mature insight and the beautifully controlled technique we find in his debut novel?...Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.?
"Review" by , ?A literary love story...about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.?
"Review" by , An astonishingly good first novel...fully engaging from the first paragraph. What a gift: to be able to live alongside these people for a while.?
"Synopsis" by , Unanimously praised on its hardcover publication, Justin Cronin's poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O'Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope.
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