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Alice McDermott


Alice McDermott is the author of several previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG.
That Night
, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   A Bigamist's Daughter (1982)
   That Night (1987)
   At Weddings and Wakes (1992)
   Charming Billy (1997)
   Child of My Heart (2002)
   After This (2006)
   Someone (2013)
   The Ninth Hour (2017)
   Absolution (2023)
Non fiction show
Alice McDermott recommends
Holding Pattern (2023)
Jenny Xie
"Jenny Xie writes sentences that absolutely sparkle on the page. Holding Pattern glimmers with wit, with intelligence, with affection and chagrin - infused with compassion, good humor, and hope."
The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman (2023)
Molly Lynch
"Molly Lynch's hypnotic debut, in its intensity and wry wisdom, evokes the early feminist novels of Margaret Atwood. Lynch is the kind of writer who can, with the turn of a phrase, set the ordinary thrumming with almost unbearable tension. She reminds us that in our current age, all of our placid hours, our every affection - most especially for our children - can be upended by dread. A writer to watch, and to celebrate."
American Ending (2023)
Mary Kay Zuravleff
"How I loved spending time with Yelena in her vivid, terrible and - most astonishingly - joyous time and place. Mary Kay Zuravleff's novel manages to capture all the struggle and the grief endured by this particular, unsung set of immigrants without ever veering into caricature or melodrama. In Yelena's clear-eyed telling, in her honesty and love, every painful obstacle to attaining that intractable American promise of a better life is made unique - wholly fresh and achingly believable. Oh, and the food! Gorgeous."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Alice McDermott
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Andrew Sean Greer

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