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Someone

(2013)
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Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
A fully realized portrait of one woman's life in all its complexity, by the National Book Award-winning author.

An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott's extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott's deft, lyrical voice.

Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an "amadan," a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs. The magic of McDermott's novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another. Marie's first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother's brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents' deaths; the births and lives of Marie's children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn - McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight.

Includes a bonus conversation between Alice McDermott and her editor, Jonathan Galassi.

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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : UK Hardback

Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4448-2131-8 / 978-1-4448-2131-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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November 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4088-4724-8 / 978-1-4088-4724-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4104-6325-7 / 978-1-4104-6325-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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September 2013 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4434-2497-8 / 978-1-4434-2497-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 0-374-28109-2 / 978-0-374-28109-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

November 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4088-4726-4 / 978-1-4088-4726-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-250-05536-9 / 978-1-250-05536-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4434-2498-6 / 978-1-4434-2498-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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November 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4088-5024-9 / 978-1-4088-5024-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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Audio Editions

September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
ISBN: 1-4272-1310-0 / 978-1-4272-1310-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Someone
Author(s): Alice McDermott
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Someone: A Novel
Author(s): Alice McDermott
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   



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