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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 110 x 172 x 8mm | 99.79g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747564361
  • 9780747564362

About Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of A BIGAMIST'S DAUGHTER, THAT NIGHT, AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES, and CHARMING BILLY, winner of the National Book Award in 1998. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C. Her new book to be published in June 2003 is CHILD OF MY HEART.show more