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Songs in Ordinary Time

(1995)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Oprah's Book Club Best Book (nominee)
Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1997: A dark secret lies at the heart of Mary McGarry Morris's extraordinary novel, Songs in Ordinary Time. Rooted in the delicate web of emotions, lies, and truths that bind people together, the story takes place in the primarily Catholic town of Atkinson, Vermont, during the summer of 1960. Here Marie Fermoyle struggles to raise her three children. She already has two strikes against her: she married above her station and now is divorced from her alcoholic husband, Sam. That he is the town drunk and a laughingstock only further marks the Fermoyles.

Enter Omar Duvall, a confidence man. He comes to the door asking for bread and sees an opportunity. Soon he has insinuated himself into the Fermoyle family, promising Marie companionship, love, a willing pair of shoulders to share her burden. Twelve-year-old Benjy knows something terrible about Duvall, but, desperate for anything that will make his mother happy, he hides the truth. This silence gives Duvall time to bring Marie to the brink of financial disaster and lead her sons into mortal danger.

Songs in Ordinary Time includes a chorus of other Atkinson inhabitants: town cop Sonny Stoner and his dying wife; insurance salesman Bob Haddad, so enthralled with his beautiful wife that he's willing to steal for her; and Father Gannon, the young priest with whom Marie's daughter Alice becomes involved; and the Klubock family next door, who epitomize all that is normal to young Benjy. With these lives threaded through her bittersweet tale of the Fermoyles, Morris strikes all the notes of loneliness, hope, and familial love.

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August 1996 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-613-12126-0 / 978-0-613-12126-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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June 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-670-87907-X / 978-0-670-87907-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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June 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: DN Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-670-78153-3 / 978-0-670-78153-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-670-86014-X / 978-0-670-86014-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Songs in ordinary time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-85702-363-3 / 978-1-85702-363-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-00-729219-8 / 978-0-00-729219-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: DN Songs in Ordinary Time: For Orders and Billing (Dn Songs in Ordinary Times)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-14-771225-4 / 978-0-14-771225-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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August 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 0-14-024482-4 / 978-0-14-024482-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc USA
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-85702-409-5 / 978-1-85702-409-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-5366-2738-0 / 978-1-5366-2738-1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-4692-4419-5 / 978-1-4692-4419-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-4692-4418-7 / 978-1-4692-4418-1 (USA edition)
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February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-4233-5299-8 / 978-1-4233-5299-0 (USA edition)
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July 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-4233-5300-5 / 978-1-4233-5300-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-56100-781-1 / 978-1-56100-781-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bookcassette
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September 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Mary McGarry Morris
ISBN: 1-56740-560-6 / 978-1-56740-560-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unabridged Library Edition
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June 1997 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Songs in Ordinary Time
Author(s): McGarry M; (read by) Kate Burton Morris
ISBN: 0-14-086741-4 / 978-0-14-086741-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Penguin
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