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Ninth Hour - by Alice McDermott (Hardcover)

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Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award in FictionNew York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2017The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017The Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017Time Magazine's Top 10 Novels of 2017NPR's Best Books of 2017Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction & Best Historical Fiction of 2017Library Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017Barnes & Noble's 25 Best Fiction Books of 2017A magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writersa powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife—“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

The characters we meet, from Sally, the unborn baby at the beginning of the novel, who becomes the center of the story to the nuns whose personalities we come to know and love to the neighborhood families with whose lives they are entwined, are all rendered with extraordinary sympathy and McDermott’s trademark lucidity and intelligence. Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement by one of the premiere writers at work in America today.

Number of Pages: 247
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Author: Alice McDermott
Language: English
Street Date: September 19, 2017
TCIN: 52196944
UPC: 9780374280147
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-0633
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