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After This

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Alice McDermott's powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live.

While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott's inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family.
Alice McDermott's powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live.

While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott's inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family.

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Excerpted from After This by Alice McDermott. Copyright © 2006 by Alice McDermott. Published in September 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.
 
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Leaving the church, she felt the wind rise, felt the pinprick of pebble and grit against her stockings and her cheeks--the slivered shards of mad sunlight in her eyes. She paused, still on the granite steps, touched the brim of her hat and the flying hem of her skirt--felt the wind rush up her cuffs and rattle her sleeves.
 
And all before her, the lunch-hour crowd bent under the April sun and
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Alice McDermott's novel After This, narrated by Martha Plimpton. This powerful novel wittily captures the social, political and spiritual upheavals of the mid-twentieth century through the story of a family, and the changing world in which they live. While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam.

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Praise for After This

Praise for Child of My Heart:
"[A] wondrous new novel . . . Child of My Heart extends [McDermott's] artistic triumphs, and we should rejoice." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Has something classic about it . . . [Its] craftsmanship and its moral intelligence are as one . . .Immaculate." --The New York Times Book Review

"Richly textured, intricately woven . . . A work not only of, but about, the imagination." --Margaret Atwood, The New York Review of Books

Praise for Charming Billy:
"For all her intricate narrative design, it is the depth of feeling in Alice McDermott's fiction--the losses tallied and the steps not taken, as finely calibrated as summer rain--that has brought her such high regard. With her prismatic truths and narrative switchbacks, she captures a world so internal that her characters themselves would hardly be able to express it; it is instead the perfect gesture--the barely noticed frown, the hand silently extended--that delivers the entirety of that hidden realm . . . Charming Billy is a remarkable and beautifully told novel, with overlays of prose and insight that are simply luminescent." --Gail Caldwell, The Boston Sunday Globe
Praise for Child of My Heart:
"[A] wondrous new novel . . . Child of My Heart extends [McDermott's] artistic triumphs, and we should rejoice." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Has something classic about it . . . [Its] craftsmanship and its moral intelligence are as one . . .Immaculate." --The New York Times Book Review

"Richly textured, intricately woven . . . A work not only of, but about, the imagination." --Margaret Atwood, The New York Review of Books

Praise for Charming Billy:
"For all her intricate narrative design, it is the depth of feeling in Alice McDermott's fiction--the losses tallied and the steps not taken, as finely calibrated as summer rain--that has brought her such high regard. With her prismatic truths and narrative switchbacks, she captures a world so internal that her characters themselves would hardly be able to express it; it is instead the perfect gesture--the barely noticed frown, the hand silently extended--that delivers the entirety of that hidden realm . . . Charming Billy is a remarkable and beautifully told novel, with overlays of prose and insight that are simply luminescent." --Gail Caldwell, The Boston Sunday Globe

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  • Alice McDermott

  • 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.
  • Alice McDermott Epic Photography/Jamie Schoenberger
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After This

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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