The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour (Paperback)

By Alice Mc Dermott 
Publisher: bloomsbury publishing
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781408854617
No. of Pages: 256
Publish Date: 2017-09-18
Binding: Paperback
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From the National Book Award-winning author comes a luminous, deeply humanenovel about three generations of an Irish immigrant family in 1940s and 1950sBrooklyn - for fans of Anne Tyler, Anne Enright and Colm ToibinOn a gloomy February afternoon, Jim sends his wife Annie out to do the shoppingbefore dark falls. He seals their meagre apartment, unhooks the gas tube inside theoven, and inhales.

Sister St. Saviour, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor, catches the scent of firedoused with water and hurries to the scene: a gathered crowd, firemen, and thedistraught young widow. Moved by the girl's plight, and her unborn child, the wise nunfinds Annie work in the convent's laundry - where, in turn, her daughter will grow upamidst the crank of the wringer and the hiss of the iron.

In Catholic Brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition andshame collude to erase Jim's brief existence; and yet his suicide, although nevermentioned, reverberates through many generations - testing the limits of love andsacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness.

In prose of startling radiance and precision, Alice McDermott tells a story that is at oncewholly individual and universal in its understanding of the human condition. Renderedwith remarkable lucidity and intelligence, The Ninth Hour is the crowning achievement ofone of today's finest writers.

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Title: The Ninth Hour
Publisher: bloomsbury publishing
Author: Alice Mc Dermott
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781408854617
No. of Pages: 256
Publish Date: 2017-09-18
Binding: Paperback

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