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At Weddings and Wakes

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Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrows in drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystal as she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love. And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family.

At once a moving evocation of lifes inexplicable calamities and a magical celebration of childhood and familial love, At Weddings and Wakes is the story of three generations of an Irish-American family through the eyes of its youngest members. With eloquence and grace, master storyteller Alice McDermott transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal.

Review:

"You'll find yourself reading every word of Alice McDermott's new novel, not because it's complicated but because such wonderful things happen deep inside the sentences." Newsweek

Review:

"At Weddings And Wakes transforms every experience into the heroic and the universal. It is a testament to the remarkable gift of a literary master writing at the peak of her story telling powers. A brilliant, highly complex, extraordinary piece of fiction and a triumph for its author." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"By turns wry and sad, At Weddings and Wakes is McDermott's finest novel to date." Barbara Love, Library Journal

Review:

"A haunting and masterly work of literary art." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A beautifully wrought novel...about all families and all families' encounters with love, morality, and sorrow." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"At Weddings and Wakes immediately sweeps the reader into the numinous world of the Townes....[It] reminded me of Joyce's great story 'The Dead,' with its haunting winter light and landscape, sharp social observation, and tribute to the bittersweet redemptions memory, desire, and longing afford." Paul Baumann, Commonweal

Review:

"A haunted, troubled, beautifully articulated journey into the past." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Beautifully written fiction...the structures are complex, slipping from the present, past and to the future and back again like elusive sea nymphs." The Washington Post

Review:

"McDermott can make sadness exhilarating; she can make goodness as irresistable as venial sin. The detail in At Weddings and Wakes is not painstaking but hallowing; as if specific descriptions were the wards of a key and lock that, fitted exactly, open the door to the perilous magic of the past." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Brilliant...McDermott has fashioned a spare, delicate, and luminous gem....Tender and true, this novel is also technically stunning." The Plain Dealer

Review:

"Vividly evoked...With her third novel, McDermott secures her reputation as a mesmerizing and innovative storyteller." Time

Review:

"Ms. McDermott has taught us to expect something extraordinary...her sentences have a harmony all their own — grave, decorous, moving." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Remarkable...McDermott plots the touching dignity of ordinary lives pursued on the crest of inevitable sadness...In translucent prose with rich recognitions, a fine novel of vigorous wisdom and heartbreaking humanity." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Beautiful....Writing in an elliptical, almost languid prose, and telling her story with detachment and classic literary grace, McDermott is at the top of her artistry here." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Slipping effortlessly between past and present, between memory and observation, Alice McDermott's critically acclaimed "At Weddings and Wakes" tells the story of three generations of an Irish-Catholic family through the eyes of its youngest members. 288 pp. 17,500 print.

Synopsis:

Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrows in drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystal as she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love. And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family.

At once a moving evocation of life’ s inexplicable calamities and a magical celebration of childhood and familial love, At Weddings and Wakes is the story of three generations of an Irish-American family through the eyes of its youngest members. With eloquence and grace, master storyteller Alice McDermott transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385319850
Author:
McDermott, Alice
Publisher:
Dial Press Trade Paperback
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Long Island (N.Y.)
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
episode 10
Publication Date:
19980112
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.96x5.32x.62 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Delta Trade Paperbacks - English 9780385319850 Reviews:
"Review" by , "You'll find yourself reading every word of Alice McDermott's new novel, not because it's complicated but because such wonderful things happen deep inside the sentences."
"Review" by , "At Weddings And Wakes transforms every experience into the heroic and the universal. It is a testament to the remarkable gift of a literary master writing at the peak of her story telling powers. A brilliant, highly complex, extraordinary piece of fiction and a triumph for its author."
"Review" by , "By turns wry and sad, At Weddings and Wakes is McDermott's finest novel to date."
"Review" by , "A haunting and masterly work of literary art."
"Review" by , "A beautifully wrought novel...about all families and all families' encounters with love, morality, and sorrow."
"Review" by , "At Weddings and Wakes immediately sweeps the reader into the numinous world of the Townes....[It] reminded me of Joyce's great story 'The Dead,' with its haunting winter light and landscape, sharp social observation, and tribute to the bittersweet redemptions memory, desire, and longing afford."
"Review" by , "A haunted, troubled, beautifully articulated journey into the past."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written fiction...the structures are complex, slipping from the present, past and to the future and back again like elusive sea nymphs."
"Review" by , "McDermott can make sadness exhilarating; she can make goodness as irresistable as venial sin. The detail in At Weddings and Wakes is not painstaking but hallowing; as if specific descriptions were the wards of a key and lock that, fitted exactly, open the door to the perilous magic of the past."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...McDermott has fashioned a spare, delicate, and luminous gem....Tender and true, this novel is also technically stunning."
"Review" by , "Vividly evoked...With her third novel, McDermott secures her reputation as a mesmerizing and innovative storyteller."
"Review" by , "Ms. McDermott has taught us to expect something extraordinary...her sentences have a harmony all their own — grave, decorous, moving."
"Review" by , "Remarkable...McDermott plots the touching dignity of ordinary lives pursued on the crest of inevitable sadness...In translucent prose with rich recognitions, a fine novel of vigorous wisdom and heartbreaking humanity."
"Review" by , "Beautiful....Writing in an elliptical, almost languid prose, and telling her story with detachment and classic literary grace, McDermott is at the top of her artistry here."
"Synopsis" by , Slipping effortlessly between past and present, between memory and observation, Alice McDermott's critically acclaimed "At Weddings and Wakes" tells the story of three generations of an Irish-Catholic family through the eyes of its youngest members. 288 pp. 17,500 print.
"Synopsis" by , Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrows in drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystal as she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love. And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family.

At once a moving evocation of life’ s inexplicable calamities and a magical celebration of childhood and familial love, At Weddings and Wakes is the story of three generations of an Irish-American family through the eyes of its youngest members. With eloquence and grace, master storyteller Alice McDermott transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal.

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