Someone by Alice McDermott was such a good novel that I listened to it twice. In it, a woman named Marie looks back on her early life in Brooklyn in the years before and following World War Two. Her vivid recollections of the lives of her family, friends, and neighbors are extraordinary.
Young Marie writes about her Irish immigrant mother, her father with ill health, her brother destined for the priesthood, her best friend’s pregnant mother, and many more well-defined memorable neighbors. She has the eyes of an old soul; never missing the smallest nuance or gesture. McDermott has mastered the art of writing in the voice of a young girl who is curious yet baffled by people and events around her. As she grows older, joins the working force, and marries, Marie matures and her understanding and perspective become those of an adult.
Many thanks to fellow blogger Martie who led me to this novel. I think this is an amazing story and am grateful to have been led to it. I fully intend to read more of McDermott’s work. I love her writing style and ability to make fiction tangible.