Saturday, November 04, 2017

Fiction Review: The Ninth Hour

Although I have often heard great things about acclaimed author Alice McDermott's award-winning novels and short stories, I had never read any of her work before. So, I was thrilled to have the chance to review her latest novel, The Ninth Hour, for Shelf Awareness.

The Ninth Hour is an immersive story about how one man's suicide in early 20th century Brooklyn reverberates through generations, affecting his wife and daughter, as well as his daughter's children. Woven through the story, a group of local nuns play a large role in the neighborhood generally and in the lives of the mother and daughter left behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the story and now see why McDermott has garnered such praise over the years. This novel would be perfect for a book group, with plenty to discuss. Now, I will have to read some of her backlist!

You can read my full review at Shelf Awareness.

Have you read any Alice McDermott novels or short stories? Any recommendations for me?

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. My review is my own opinion and is not influenced by my relationship with the publisher or author.

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Ninth Hour
by Alice McdermottHardcover

1 comment:

  1. I feel like I have read something by Alice McDermott, but I can't remember what. And, obviously, it was before I was blogging since it isn't in my posts.