The Ninth Hour

A Novel by Alice McDermott

  • Published: Sep 05, 2020

Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2017 The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017 The Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017 Time Magazine's Top... read more

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Details of The Ninth Hour

Exact title of the book
The Ninth Hour
Book author
Alice McDermott
ISBN
9780374280147
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 19, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
256
File size (in PDF)
2304 kB

Some brief overview of book

Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2017 The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017 The Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017 Time Magazine's Top 10 Novels of 2017 NPR's Best Books of 2017 Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction & Best Historical Fiction of 2017 Library Journal's Top 10 Novels of 2017 Barnes & Noble's 25 Best Fiction Books of 2017 A magnificent new novel from one of Americas finest writersa powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn. On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to proveto the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife"that the hours of his life belong to himself alone." In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St.

Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the mans brief existence.

Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations. The characters we meet, from Sally, the unborn baby at the beginning of the novel, who becomes the center of the story to the nuns whose personalities we come to know and love to the neighborhood families with whose lives they are entwined, are all rendered with extraordinary sympathy and McDermotts trademark lucidity and intelligence. Alice McDermotts The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement by one of the premiere writers at work in America today.

About author

McDermott is the author of seven previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; At Weddings and Wakes; and Someoneall published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers Magazine, and elsewhere.

She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

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