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Someone

by Alice McDermott

Someone
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2013, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2014, 240 pages

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In distilled and measured prose, Alice McDermott's Someone reminds us that every life lived is a thing of beauty and that there is much to appreciate in the smallest of everyday rituals.

When I recommend a book that I enjoyed, one of the first questions people ask is: "What is it about?" I feel like I have about thirty seconds to make my case before they decide if they want to read it or not. Now if I were to tell you that I'd just read a very quiet book about the life of an ordinary woman where nothing very dramatic happens, I bet most of you would shake your head and skip to the next review. But wait. I know it might be hard to convince you that Alice McDermott's Someone is a worthwhile and rewarding read, but I'm going to try. Because it is.

Marie narrates her own story in first person, starting with her childhood and taking the reader through her unexceptional life, rendering the intricately observed details, the tasks and daily rituals—bathing, shopping at the deli, learning to bake bread, sharing family meals—with a rare, crystalline precision and in ...

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