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At Weddings and Wakes: A Novel af Alice…
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At Weddings and Wakes: A Novel (1992)

af Alice McDermott (Forfatter)

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Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrowsin drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystalas she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love.And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family. At once a moving evocation of life’s inexplicable calamities and a magical celebration of childhood and familial love,At Weddings and Wakesis the story of three generations of an Irish-American family through the eyes of its youngest members. With eloquence and grace, master storyteller Alice McDermott transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal.… (mere)
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Titel:At Weddings and Wakes: A Novel
Forfattere:Alice McDermott (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (2009), Edition: First, 224 pages
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At Weddings and Wakes af Alice McDermott (1992)

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Alice McDermott can create a sense of place like almost no one else, and her minutely observed descriptions of people and use of language are head and shoulders above the skills of most writers. Unfortunately, in the case of At Weddings and Wakes, all of that was not enough to overcome what at times felt like a glacial pace and, more important, a terribly awkwardly executed shift in time. The way she handled the fate of one of the main characters was both confusing and, ultimately, took away from the impact of what happened, which is really a shame. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
My third Alice McDermott novel and I just love her writing. Very beautiful! ( )
  briannad84 | Feb 12, 2013 |
Though I admired some of the writing, I found the book to be poorly constructed overall. I'm an attentive readers, but found myself struggling to differentiate characters, and found the authors seemingly random jumps back and forth in time, and in voice, to be further disorienting. ( )
  handy1 | Feb 12, 2011 |
Three children learn about their family through observations and overheard whispers during cocktail hour...this is an Irish Catholic family, after all. They learned bits and pieces of family history when the ice and gin came out in their frequent visits to their aunts' rooms in Brooklyn during the late 1940's. Aunt Veronica told them about the secret book that recorded the hopes and dreams of the mother she never knew while she nursed her drink: They heard the ice cubes slip together in her glass, heard her stir it and sip from it in response, like a mother soothing a small child before she could continue her talk. (No need to tell them when the time came what it meant to nurse a drink; they had seen drinks nursed and patted, soothed and spoken to.)

This book doesn't have much of a plot; it's more of a retelling of the wedding of beloved Aunt May, the ex-nun who was lucky enough to find love in the secular world. It makes such an impression on the children that it becomes a focal point that is slowly revealed from different angles over the course of the book. I'm glad we have this happy event as a centering device because most of the story is dark and gloomy. Lucy, mother of the children, epitomizes this bleak outlook: Lying alone on the high bed in the now quickly dispersing darkness, Lucy would see that, given the muddle of life, loss following as it did every gain, and death and disappointment so inevitable, anger was the only appropriate emotion; that for any human being with any sense, any memory or foresight, every breath taken should be tinged with outrage.

Do not read this book for a happy fix! I liked it mostly due to the incredibly lyrical language of Alice McDermott. She can express beauty in the most ordinary situations. I give it 5 stars for the writing and 2 stars for the plot. ( )
3 stem Donna828 | Sep 8, 2010 |
  living2read | Jun 8, 2009 |
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Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrowsin drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystalas she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love.And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family. At once a moving evocation of life’s inexplicable calamities and a magical celebration of childhood and familial love,At Weddings and Wakesis the story of three generations of an Irish-American family through the eyes of its youngest members. With eloquence and grace, master storyteller Alice McDermott transforms everyday experience into the heroic and universal.

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