The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library’s monthly book discussion group. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome and no registration is required! Call the library at 908-454-3712 for more information.
Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.
by Alice McDermott
Someone follows seven decades of a Brooklyn woman’s modest life to create one of the author’s most trenchant explorations into the heart and soul of the 20th-century Irish-American family. An ordinary life – its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion – lived by an ordinary woman: This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived, a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers at work today.
Marie’s first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother’s brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents’ deaths; the births and lives of Marie’s children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn – McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight. This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived. (Kirkus; Goodreads)