Every Fall Since 1993

Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott
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Alice McDermott is the author of eight novels and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her books That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This. She won the National Book Award and the American Book Award for Charming Billy, the tragic story of the late Billy Lynch in a complex, tightly knit Irish American community. The New York Times Book Review praises it as "eloquent" and "heartbreaking.” Her newest novel, The Ninth Hour, a powerfully affecting story of a widow, her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn, tops 2017 year-end best books lists from countless publications, including NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. “McDermott is a poet of corporeal description,” says Time. “It’s the way she marries the spirit to the physical world that makes her work transcendent . . . The Ninth Hour is a story with the simple grace of a votive candle in a dark church.”  The New Yorker calls her language “glorious.” McDermott's other books include Someone, Child of My Heart and A Bigamist’s Daughter. O Magazine says, “McDermott has the soul of an archaeologist—excavating shards of the daily routine, closely examining the cracks and crevices of the human heart.” She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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