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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Alice McDermott Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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More than any other writer, Alice McDermott exposes the vein of poetry, of profound joy and pain that transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal. At Weddings and Wakes tells the bittersweet, lovable, human story of an Irish-Catholic family on Long Island as seen through the eyes of two sisters and a brother. Weekly visits to Brooklyn usher the children into an airless world of memory, recrimination and eternal repartee. In the daily routines of family, they witness the ebb and flow of drama and melodrama, the cycles of dissatisfaction and recurring affection. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 2/12/2014

    " Tried but gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/11/2014

    " McDermott is a good writer and this is a wistful, nostalgic book about a different place (NYC), a different time (1950s), and a different family (Irish immigrants). The author evokes the weekly visits to the children's grandmother and aunts so clearly that I can smell it and taste it. Though it's a book where not much happens, at least not on the surface, tragedies and regrets small and large permeate it. The three children must endure visit after visit as their mother, mismatched in marriage, cries about their father, until he comes to get them and bring them home. Even mourning becomes routinized. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane, but found the mournful tone sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/3/2014

    " Intriguing temporal/structural strategies in this book, kind of like a Rubik's cube. But the atmosphere of it was SO claustrophobic! I kind of hurried to get through it so I could get out of there, as I was feeling suffocated by the details as filtered (and often repeated) through child-consciousness. And not just one child, but three, experiencing their family stories in a way that winds up holding the emotional impact of the family dramas at a distance. So I found out what happened, but as through a glass darkly. I'm sure it captured the mood of time and place and this particular family, but . . . whew! Relieved to be done with it, in the way I was relieved as a child that the drive was over, or school was out. She really does capture what that feels like to be so flooded and fascinated and baffled by the minutiae of experience, so at the mercy of surrounding adults, so likely to make innocent errors you're desperate to avoid, so often trapped and . . . that word again . . . suffocated by family and culture's expectations, rules, scrutiny, judgments and demands. I gave it 3 stars, but 2.5 would be more accurate. Teetering on the edge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soni | 1/21/2014

    " It took me a while to get my bearings on this book. The author's change in the tenses made it hard to know what was happening, what had happened, or what was going to happen. I finally got into the rhythm of the book and then I found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " A well written but quiet book. More of a study of families and the perceptions of the children in the family. Wouldn't say it's a "must read" because it wasn't a book that "called me" constantly to pick it up. But when I did read it, I enjoyed the flow of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sean | 1/16/2014

    " This book is amazing as it breaks my heart. All you Catholics from Nassau County who summered in the hamptons and had relatives in the city, read this book. [close:] "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty Bell | 1/9/2014

    " I found this book very difficult to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/30/2013

    " Not for lovers of plot, but beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neelam | 12/22/2013

    " This book has a very quiet feel to it. It is a story of three generations of a family told through the eyes of the children. It is told backwards in a sense and at times it is a little confusing as to when certain events take place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Allison | 12/4/2013

    " I love Alice McDermott. Everything she does is brilliant, and although I liked After This better than At Weddings and Wakes, I still thought this was a phenomenal book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Jenson | 11/30/2012

    " A somewhat rambling, slice-of-life story about a family in New York in the 40's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Marie | 6/17/2012

    " A lesson in writing perspective... cuts wide open with little slits and stabs. amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 6/17/2012

    " I like the author's writing style. However, there really was no story told. This book slowly went no where. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 2/24/2012

    " This book bored me to tears, and for goodness sake, couldn't she have given her poor characters some names? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Labmom | 2/19/2012

    " Lovely prose, almost so well written as to negate a plotless book that focuses on prosaic minutia instead of fully investing these stereotypical characters with backstories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2012

    " A great look into an Irish Catholic family in 1950s Brooklyn. An awesome read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 10/13/2010

    " Honestly, this was the most painful book I have ever read. It made me wonder why I can't stop in the middle of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 6/22/2010

    " beautifully written but can't say I really ever cared about any of the characters. zzzz..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/12/2010

    " this one was a little slow-moving. it's a nice story, but none of the characters are really fleshed-out at all, and i found myself choosing other activities over reading because i wasn't drawn back to the book. "

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About the Author
Author Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including A Bigamist’s DaughterChild of My Heart, That Night, and Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award. She has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg and Hollins Colleges in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms.RedbookMademoiselle, and Seventeen. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, McDermott is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and she lives with her family in Washington, DC.