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Truth’s Anticlimactic Tug

After This by Alice McDermott

Reviewed by Joseph O'Neill
The Atlantic Monthly

"Alice McDermott's sixth novel, After This, returns her readers to the familiar terrain of Irish American Long Island and, yet again, to the combination of qualities — compressed, poetic prose allied with an unblinking, William Trevor–ish sympathy for the muffled spiritual adventures of the most middling members of the middle classes — that have earned McDermott her high reputation (and prizes: she has a National Book Award and two Pulitzer nominations to her credit)." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.




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