The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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A portrait of the Irish-American experience in the 1940s and 1950s, by the National Book Award-winning authorThe Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374712174
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

A young woman is widowed while expecting her first child at the start of this exceptional new novel from McDermott (best known for the award-winning Charming Billy), which begins in early twentieth century Brooklyn. She’s taken under the wing of a nun who happens to be passing by at the time of a... Read More »

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ontherideau Jun 01, 2018

These nuns were feminists in their own way, seemingly subservient but accomplishing goals in their sisterhood. There are likely people alive today because of care given to a grandmother long ago by a nun- and at no cost to the health care system.

DBRL_ANNEG May 31, 2018

Quiet little novel that follows an Irish-American widow and her daughter and the nuns who helped them get by in the early years of 20th century Brooklyn. The story, heavily wrapped in the Catholicism of the time, reminded me some of the book "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin, though it was a little less dreary. Readers who enjoy stories told from multiple perspectives will want to check this one out.

Mar 25, 2018

I found the book a compelling read. The work of the nursing nuns interesting, but their motivation and personalities are often not what you would expect.

Jan 31, 2018

Couldn't get past first 20 pages telling about the same event over and over again. Gloomy and depressing read.

Nicr Nov 20, 2017

In the early twentieth century, a young man commits suicide, leaving his pregnant wife to support herself by laboring in the laundry of a convent. McDermott's novel vividly recounts the lives of Annie, her very interesting daughter Sally, their neighbors, and the nuns who help raise Sally and serve their Irish-American community. Seamless and absorbing, with an evocative use of "we" as the narrative voice. McDermott is a master of this material.

Oct 12, 2017

I was totally immersed in this novel. It was a fascinating tale, in which nuns were presented as real people. The story of the young widow, Annie, and her daughter Sally was also very compelling. A quiet , contemplative novel, full of feeling.

Oct 08, 2017

When I finished this novel I felt a strong sense of satisfaction - not from a light and fun read but satisfaction in reading the author's strong sense of descriptions of place, events, and time. The part in the story that gives account of the basement laundry makes me actually sense, literally, the smell, the sight, and the feeling of being there. This feeling continued throughout. I was drawn in like I was actually living alongside the characters as the author spins an interesting tale.


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