Don't you love it when you discover a wonderful author and then learn that she has already written other books! Then you don't have to wait for her to write another one. That's what happened to me with Alice McDermott. I received Someone as a gift (thanks, Michael!) and only then learned that not only was this book on pretty much every Best Books of 2013 list (Publishers Weekly, New York Times, NPR, etc.), but that McDermott has plenty of other novels in her back list, and is a three-time Pulitzer nominee! Where have I been?
Anyhow, this slim volume isn't a typical novel in the sense that there's no real plot arc, no conflict and resolution, none of the usual trappings of a novel. It's simply a heartfelt and believable recreation of a time and place (Brooklyn in the 1940s and beyond) and unforgettable character(s). McDermott's quite a writer; I savored many descriptions and turns of phrases, and was brought to tears more than once. Someone is a lovely series of snapshots of an ordinary life.
Has anyone out there read it? And can you make a recommendation for my next McDermott novel?