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The Resource Someone : a novel, Alice McDermott, (sound recording)

Someone : a novel, Alice McDermott, (sound recording)

Label
Someone : a novel
Title
Someone
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Alice McDermott
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age"--Provided by the publisher
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Audio
Review
  • McDermott's nuanced writing turns the mundane into poetry. Kate Reading's narration fits perfectly as she weaves her way through this story of an ordinary person living an ordinary life. Marie is an Irish-American girl with severe vision problems, who struggles to see and make sense of her world, inside and out. Her challenges lead her, and the listener, through a meandering plot that requires close attention to keep hold of the thread of the story. Reading keeps a steady pace as Marie knits the past and the present into a life of loneliness, love, and loss. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
  • The challenge of narrating McDermott’s latest novel is its impressionistic quality—the story wends back and forth through time, from prewar childhood in Brooklyn to middle-aged parenthood, old age, and back again. The one constant in the book is the protagonist, Marie, who has compromised eyesight, but offers keen observations about human nature. In this audio edition Kate Reading provides a needed constancy. Her female characters have a world-weariness about them. Whether they are sighing with subtle disappointment at a daughter’s inability to bake bread or keening with grief in the neighborhood funeral home, Reading makes their range of emotions entirely believable. She is not quite as successful with the novel’s male characters, which lack vocal differentiation. Even Marie’s sensitive brother Gabe and her entirely insensitive boyfriend, Walter, sound much the same. But, considering how much of the novel is about women’s lives and experiences, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent performance. An FSG hardcover. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 28, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 43, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ McDermott, winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Charming Billy , returns after a seven-year absence from the publishing world with this elegantly descriptive portrait of a single ordinary life. Marie Commeford is a bespectacled Irish-Catholic child hanging out on a stoop in pre-Depression Brooklyn. As the scattered vignettes of her life unfold, Marie experiences early romantic heartbreak, a brief career in a funeral parlor, a happy marriage, and the birth of several children, including one labor that is hair-raising in its brutality. Through it all, Marie's literal myopia indicates a figurative inability to see things and people as they are, including her beloved father, who dies at an early age in circumstances that indicate possible alcoholism. In this manner McDermott suggests that all of us are blinded to the harsher realities of life by our hopes, dreams, and losses. The beauty of this book lies not so much in the fairly ordinary events of Marie's life but in the lushly descriptive details, read with simple lilting charm by Kate Reading, that lure the listener into treasuring the intimate, truthful, and sometimes painful glimpses of a lifetime viewed from every age. VERDICT Gorgeous language and honest simplicity make this story of one woman's life into a work of art. Highly recommended for all public library collections. ["While McDermott's is a quiet style, fans of her earlier work will be thrilled to come across this simple, bittersweet story," read the review of the Farrar hc, LJ 8/13.]— Claire Abraham, Keller P.L., TX --Claire Abraham (Reviewed December 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 22, p57)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10236755
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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McDermott, Alice
Dewey number
813/.54
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
PS3563.C355
LC item number
S66 2013ab
Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Kate Reading
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Reading, Kate
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Irish American women
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Someone : a novel, Alice McDermott, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Compact disc
  • Duration: 8:00:00
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
6 sound discs (8 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781427213105
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
DD5351
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • 828055572
  • (OCoLC)828055572
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Someone : a novel, Alice McDermott, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Compact disc
  • Duration: 8:00:00
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
6 sound discs (8 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781427213105
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
DD5351
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • 828055572
  • (OCoLC)828055572
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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