Happy Bookers Discussion Group

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.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Someone
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)

 

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Upcoming Selections:

August – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
September – Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
October – The Boys in the Boat

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