Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

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Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it was the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

It is often said that Alice McDermott writes about ordinary people living ordinary lives. This was the case in “Charming Billy,” winner of the National Book Award. It is, perhaps, even more true in her latest novel, “Someone.” Published in 2013, the story centers around Marie, an Irish-catholic woman living in Brooklyn between the wars. McDermott says she felt drawn to Marie precisely because she’s a character often overlooked in literature. McDermott challenged herself to find the remarkable in a seemingly unremarkable life. According to critics, she succeeded. For our August Readers’ Review: “Someone.”


Brando Skyhorse

author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park"

Maureen Corrigan

book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. Her latest book is titled, "So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures."

Paul Elie

senior fellow, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs

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Excerpt from "Someone" by Alice McDermott. Copyright 2013 by Alice McDermott. Reprinted here by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. All rights reserved.

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