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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alice McDermott's masterful new novel is a vivd portrait of an American family caught at the crossroads of the tumultuous middle decades of the 20th century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, After This evokes the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of its time through the experiences of a working-class couple, John and Mary Keane, their four children, and the changes radiating through their Catholic community on Long Island.

As John and Mary struggle to uphold the framework of their family, the four siblings are destined to experience, firsthand, the challenges and liberties born in the crucible of the 1960s. Alive with passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, After This portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life with 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen Westfall shaw | 2/17/2014

    " For me, the mail plus was the actual writing, not the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/16/2014

    " I *think* I liked this book. I haven't completely decided yet. At first, I would read at night, and then I would wake up in the morning and have no memory of what I read the night before. I did this for several nights before I found myself a little more invested in the story, and then I could remember what was going on. Actually, I think part of the reason I started to remember the story is that the last half of the book is more interesting than the first half. I finally found myself invested in the characters and caring about what happened to them. I would like to try another book by Alice McDermott to see if I would enjoy her other stories more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl Bentley | 2/4/2014

    " I was surprised to be captivated by this book. It was passed on to me with a "not my type of book" comment and sat on my shelf for over a year before I decided to give it a chance. I would describe it as a "quiet" book. It's not as if a lot doesn't happen during the course of these people's (primarily one family's)lives. The characters experience joy, death, war, birth, intimacy, isolation....but, as in our own lives, the lessons from those expereriences are not laid out in black and white. On the other hand, I found myself wanting to get back to the book and surprised to realize as I finished that the story ended just as the family's history was on the brink of moving into the next generation. The book is like life in many ways. A couple comes together, starts a family, watches the children grow and handles the ups and downs along the way, then the children move on with their own lives and another generation begins. Reading the book, it occurs to me now, was very much like looking through a famiy photo album. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Etanouye | 2/1/2014

    " Start with Charming Billy or Child of My Heart if you're new to Alice McDermott. This was a sort of experimental book, plot-wise, for her. Her sentences and scenes are great, as always, but the story structure takes some effort to determine. "

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