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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:
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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 by Natasha | 2/12/2014

    " Tried but gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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