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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Sheryl Bernstein Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970277
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A young girl's astonishing, poignant first look into the turbulent heart of things

"I had in my care that summer four dogs, three cats, the Moran kids, Daisy, my eight-year-old cousin, and Flora, the toddler child of a local artist. There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps.... "

Alice McDermott's haunting and enchanting new work of fiction--her first since the bestselling Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award--is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. Her parents decided that her best chance in life was to marry a wealthy man, so she was raised on the east end of Long Island, among the country houses of the rich. On the cusp of fifteen, she is the town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, beloved, a wonder with children and animals, but also a solitary soul with an already complex understanding of human nature--when her favorite cousin, Daisy, comes to spend the summer.

The narrator's witty, piquant, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during that seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale--infused with suppressed passion, disappointment, and enduring hope--its remarkable vividness and impact. Once again, Alice McDermott explores the mysterious depths of what seems like everyday life with unforgettable insight and resonant emotional power.

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  • She is a writer in a league of her own. Jill Smolowe, People

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nijhia | 2/17/2014

    " i have learned that there are more punishments in the world that are way worse than ours.They have rules like no sitting on the curb or standing under the steet light.So we have more freedom then some people "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Feltham | 2/13/2014

    " Some good writing, but a boring plot; very disappointing as I'd heard she was a good author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Dawe | 2/11/2014

    " This was a peculiar book in some ways. In general, nothing much happens in it. It's about the minor, day to day goings on of one or two weeks in the summer. The "major" event which does occur, late in the novel, doesn't seem all that plausible and isn't too believable. And yet, I couldn't stop reading and I absolutely loved it. Probably because McDermott is simply an incredible writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " The plot never seemed to go anywhere. The book contained a few nicely-written paragraphs, but it was ultimately disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghna Lipcon | 2/10/2014

    " The writing in this book captured me but somehow the last 50 pages were so bizarre and I just got sick of it dragging on! The teenage babysitter and old man angle is just creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 1/22/2014

    " lovely writing, lyrical book, sometimes it almost hurt to read it and I had to stop for awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Hundley | 1/20/2014

    " This is a coming-of-age story told by a girl who lives in a resort town. I thought it was a good story, but what I really liked about it was the style it's written in - very lyrical and nostalgic to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayelet Waldman | 1/3/2014

    " Well, it's no Charming Billy, but since that's one of the best contemporary novels I've ever read, it seems unfair to hold her to that standard, even if it is her own. The main character was a bit too good to be true, but the writing was pure McDermott - spare and lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/30/2013

    " This book is superb, and no other word can even remotely describe how beautiful it was. I have never met a character who had the ability to tell stories as the girl did in Child of My Heart. She is truly wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 12/27/2013

    " Run don't walk away from this snooze of a book. I was so happy when I finished the last cassette. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Itsy | 12/24/2013

    " Loved the main character in this book. A teenager that is very loving with children :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbie | 12/15/2013

    " There's something very special about this author's writing style. It made me feel that I was with these characters in a place that felt like home should feel. Loved the main character's ability to always say and do the right thing for the children in her care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Marx | 12/11/2013

    " Very simple storyline. Listened to this on CD. This is the second book I read by this author and I really enjoy her. She has at least 2 recent books that have been finalists for the Fiction Pulitzer Prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mukeary | 10/12/2013

    " Achingly compelling story of a teenage girl's coming-of-age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Geer | 10/10/2013

    " Theresa--15 yr old who baby sits and walks dogs and loves cats, and her young cousin, Daisy--set in Long Island in summer. Good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/15/2013

    " I'm not ever going to be a big McDermott fan. I'm not one to sigh over lyrical prose; I like stories with plots. Theresa never felt like a real fifteen-year-old, nor did Daisy feel like a real eight-year-old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/3/2013

    " A "beach read" about a teenage girl's summer. Sweetly written, however, at the end it was as if the author got tired of her characters and just ended the book. The ending was abrupt by comparison to the tempo in the rest of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sera | 5/28/2013

    " This book was a major disappointed, and I found it to be very boring. Unfortunately, it's also turned me off from reading anything else written by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Shannon | 1/22/2013

    " I just finished this book, and I was enraptured by it because of the elegant writing. I don't understand what happend at the end though, so anyone willing to clarify (and also talk about) the book let me know! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Heithoff | 5/12/2012

    " A good book for those around children. The girl takes such good care of the little ones. Such a kind heart, but also a sad story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/22/2012

    " A disappointing book, but still readable. Haunting story of a child who has leukemia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie L. | 12/17/2011

    " A beautiful rendering of the passage from childhood to adulthood, with all the attendant wonder and pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alika Yarnell | 5/20/2011

    " This is a truly beautiful, straight-forward, bittersweet piece of realism. A well-framed novel that takes place over one summer where several important discoveries are made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim and Popie Stafford | 4/8/2011

    " A wonderful writer, very good on the intricate details of ordinary life. I liked this as well as Charming Billy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 4/1/2011

    " Some good writing, but a boring plot; very disappointing as I'd heard she was a good author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mukeary | 3/24/2011

    " Achingly compelling story of a teenage girl's coming-of-age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/18/2011

    " Really nice. It's amazing how a narrator who never talks about her feelings could make me so emotional and empathetic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 3/5/2011

    " Run don't walk away from this snooze of a book. I was so happy when I finished the last cassette. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/21/2011

    " lyrical writing that made for a beautiful and easy read...unfortunately, i felt the characters lacked authenticity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klaudyna | 10/29/2010

    " The book was a bit slow but it wasn't too bad. However it had a devastating ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosiered23 | 8/22/2010

    " Very quick read, with some really great characters and moments. Overall, not close to my favorite of hers, but glad I read it. I'd love to know the story behind it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 7/7/2010

    " I want to be the teenage protagonist of this novel when I grow up. Completely self assured and totally aware of how people see her and her effect on the world. The perfect capture of summertime as a teenager finding her way. Funny, weird and familiar supporting characters scattered throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JulieB | 7/7/2010

    " Chapters breaks would be good. The story goes on and on and on without much happening and then ends predictably and unremarkably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/30/2010

    " Very simple storyline. Listened to this on CD. This is the second book I read by this author and I really enjoy her. She has at least 2 recent books that have been finalists for the Fiction Pulitzer Prize. "

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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.