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That Night

That Night

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus and Giroux




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

Pulitzer Prize - Finalist


That Night

That 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...


Praise for That Night

“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

About the author

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.

Alice McDermott

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Alice McDermott

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