After This

After This

Book - 2006
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"Alice McDermott’s powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live. While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott’s inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCD
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 22 cm


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Subtleties of this story will be difficult to follow without a Catholic culture background. I loved the stories and was enchanted with authors style of "implication". So much is left to the reader to intuit what happens to characters after major events. After this era how can one still cling to organized religion for direction in life.

Jul 05, 2016

I wasn't a fan of this novel, I found I didn't feel a connection to the characters and skimmed through the second half of the book just to finish it.

Jan 23, 2013

I found this book a little bit choppy in parts, more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I loved the continuing theme of the wind used throughout Mary's story and wished it had been employed elsewhere in the book as well. Overall, I found this book an interesting reading exercise.

Feb 01, 2009

There is a certain charm in the story and the characters. They are not mad eout to be beautiful, their flaws are shown. I like this - it's different from most novel sin this way. But on the down side, I found the sentences hard to read - I often re-read them, stumbled over them. The language to me wasn't as natural as in many other books are.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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