"So powerful, so controlled, so evocative of real human emotion that it is hard to think of a better novel that came out this year . . . Tour de force is not too strong a word for what Ms. McDermott has accomplished. A first-rate novelist at the top of her game is something to behold, a thing of beauty and a joy forever . . . and Alice McDermott is most definitely at the top of her game."—John Greenya, The Washington Times
"After This features McDermott's by now trademark combination of exquisite delicacy and rich, multiclaused sentences. There is an incantatory interiority to her prose, capable of capturing subtle emotional nuances and flickers of moral wavering. She wields it here to explore the lasting effects of the death of a son in Vietnam on each member of his family."—Heller McAlpin, Newsday“Alice McDermott is an expert in capturing the lives of modern Irish American Catholics.”—Vicki Rock, Daily American"National Book Award winner Alice McDermott . . . restore[s] some much-needed dignity to the dwellers of subdivisions . . . [She] . . . weaves questions of faith and religious life throughout the novel . . . It's as if McDermott is helping readers pay attention to the details that matter."—Yvonne Zip, Christian Science Monitor
"A master at capturing Irish-Catholic American suburban life . . . McDermott returns for this sixth novel with the Keane family of Long Island, who get swept up in the wake of the Vietnam War . . . [McDermott] flawlessly encapsulates an era in the private moments of one family's life."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Alice McDermott is the author of five previous novels, including Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.