At Weddings and Wakes

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 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 190g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747563942
  • 9780747563945
  • 595,835

Review quote

"As rendered through Ms. McDermott's rich, supple prose, and infused with her quiet emotional wisdom, the story of these three children and their family assumes a kind of mythic resonance: it becomes a parable about all families and all families' encounters with love, mortality, and sorrow."--"The New York Times""" "A brilliant, highly complex, extraordinary piece of fiction and a triumph for its author."--"Chicago Tribune""" "McDermott's novels can't be relegated to plot or thematic conceit. It is the sweep of her sentences, many of them as luxurious and sure of themselves as a cat stretching in the sun. And it is the remarkable microscopic attention to humanity--the private gestures and telltale routines that make us who we are."--"The Boston Sunday Globe"
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About Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of A BIGAMIST'S DAUGHTER, THAT NIGHT, AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES, and CHARMING BILLY. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.
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4 34% (429)
3 33% (422)
2 11% (137)
1 4% (52)
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