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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.

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Synopsis:

A series of ten interconnecting stories trace the lives and continually evolving relationship of Mary and O'Neil, two vulnerable young people, as they make their way from early adulthood, through marriage and parenthood, to beyond and make their peace with the emotional legacies that haunt them both. 20,000 first printing.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440335061
Publisher:
Dial Press
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Cronin, Justin
Subject:
Fiction-Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
Philadelphia
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
243

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"Synopsis" by , A series of ten interconnecting stories trace the lives and continually evolving relationship of Mary and O'Neil, two vulnerable young people, as they make their way from early adulthood, through marriage and parenthood, to beyond and make their peace with the emotional legacies that haunt them both. 20,000 first printing.
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