That Night

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The emotionally powerful story of young love set in suburban Long Island in the 60s.

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That Night
ONEThat night when he came to claim her, he stood on the short lawn before her house, his knees bent, his fists driven into his thighs, and bellowed her name with such passion that even the friends who surrounded him, who had come to support him, to drag her from the house, to murder her family if they had to, let the chains they carried go limp in their hands. Even the men from our neighborhood, in Bermuda shorts or chinos, white T-shirts and gray suit pants, with baseball bats and snow shovels held before them like rifles, even they paused in their rush to protect her: the good

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"At once mythic and personal---a novel that possesses the ability to make us remember our own youth and all that has vanished since."---Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A strong, eloquent novel…McDermott writes clean, simple prose that serves her story beautifully. This novel is as carefully constructed as a poem, giving off a lustrous glow, and is poignant in the telling."---People

"Voiced with musical economy…the author’s perceptions of suburban life have a rich detail of the quality of a Cheever or an Updike."---Los Angeles Times

"McDermott is a spellbinder, adding a cachet of mystery and eloquence to common occurrences….She has taken a suburban teenage romance and pregnancy and infused it with the power, the ominousness, and the star-crossed romanticism of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet."---Chicago Tribune

"To enter the world of this incantatory novel is to palpably recall almost against one’s will the rash, embattled strivings and disillusionments of first love."---The Washington Post Book World


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Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of six novels.  Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook and elsewhere.

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That Night
A Novel
Alice McDermott

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Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2005
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ISBN: 9781429929745
ISBN10: 142992974X
256 pages
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February 2012
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ISBN: 9780312681166
ISBN10: 031268116X
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 192 pages
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