I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.
Alice McDermont was born in Brooklyn, New York and has written several novels of life among those originally living in Ireland but who immigrated to the United States, particularly to Brooklyn. She has won numerous awards and been listed as a finalist for several novels. Someone: A Novel was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. As the dust jacket reveals, Someone recounts the ‘devastating pains and unexpected joys with bursts of brilliant clarity and moments of profound confusion’.” Marie is a child with thick glasses. Unlike some stories, no one teases her or bullies her. She has a brother who seems destined for a vocation as a Catholic priest. Her father is ill, and her mother is a quiet, loving, but stern parent. Her stories also reveal many details of life in pre-World W II. I found this pleasant story full of wonderful depictions of people who share numerous insights into everyday life.