After This

After This

eBook - 2007
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On a wild, windy April day in Manhattan, when Mary first meets John Keane, she cannot know what lies ahead of her. A marriage, a fleeting season of romance, and the birth of four children will bring John and Mary to rest in the safe embrace of a traditional Catholic life in the suburbs. But neither Mary nor John, distracted by memories and longings, can feel the wind that is buffeting their children, leading them in directions beyond their parents' control. Michael and his sister Annie are caught up in the sexual revolution. Jacob, brooding and frail, is drafted to Vietnam. And the youngest, Clare, commits a stunning transgression after a childhood spent pleasing her parents. As John and Mary struggle to hold on to their family and their faith, Alice McDermott weaves an elegant, unforgettable portrait of a world in flux--and of the secrets and sorrows, anger and love, that lie at the heart of every family.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780440337300
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A woman hurries into a diner after church one Sunday, never thinking she would marry the stranger beside her, raise a family and experience life’s ups and downs with him. This novel captures, with McDermott's inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and ... Read More »


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amanhaer
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.

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jeanie123
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.

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jbeckber
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.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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