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The ninth hour, Alice McDermott

Label
The ninth hour
Title
The ninth hour
Statement of responsibility
Alice McDermott
Title variation
9th hour
Creator
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On a gloomy day in February, Jim sends his wife Annie out to do the shopping before dark falls. He seals their meagre apartment, unhooks the gas tube inside the oven, and inhales. Sister St. Saviour, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor, catches the scent of fire doused with water and hurries to the scene: firemen, a gathered crowd and a distraught young widow, who is with child. Moved by Annie 's plight, the kindly nun finds her work in the convent 's laundry, and Annie 's baby daughter grows up amidst the crank of the wringer, the hiss of the iron, the reminiscences of Sister Illuminata and the games of Sister Jeanne. Yet what will become of this convent child' Will Sally join the women who raised her in their unending efforts to alleviate Brooklyn 's poverty and sickness' Tracing three generations of an Irish immigrant family, The Ninth Hour tells, in prose of startling radiance and piercing precision, a story that is both individual and universal in its understanding of the human condition. Meditating on fairness, faith, sacrifice, duty and love, it illuminates, with the depth and sensitivity for which Alice McDermott is known, the bonds that unite or divide us
Summary
A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576367
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McDermott, Alice
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Irish American families
  • Immigrants
  • Irish Americans
  • Widows
  • Nuns
  • Suicide victims
  • Families
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The ninth hour, Alice McDermott
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781408854617
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The ninth hour, Alice McDermott
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781408854617
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print

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