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At Weddings and Wakes (1992) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrows in drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystal as she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun, blossom with a late and unexpected love. And all the while, the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family.

Original title: At Weddings and Wakes
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: At Weddings and Wakes

At Weddings and Wakes (1992)
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Language: English

  • "You'll find yourself reading every word of Alice McDermott's new novel, not because it's complicated but because such wonderful things happen deep inside the sentences." Newsweek
  • "At Weddings and Wakes transforms every experience into the heroic and the universal. It is a testament to the remarkable gift of a literary master writing at the peak of her story telling powers. A brilliant, highly complex, extraordinary piece of fiction and a triumph for its author." Chicago Tribune
  • "By turns wry and sad, At Weddings and Wakes is McDermott's finest novel to date." Library Journal
  • "A haunting and masterly work of literary art." Wall Street Journal
  • "A beautifully wrought novel...about all families and all families' encounters with love, morality, and sorrow." The New York Times
  • "At Weddings and Wakes immediately sweeps the reader into the luminous world of the Townes...It reminded me of Joyce's great story "The Dead", with its haunting winter light and landscape, sharp social observation, and tribute to the bittersweet redemptions, memory, desire, and longing afford." Commonweal
  • "A haunted, troubled, beautifully articulated journey into the past." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Beautifully written fiction...the structures are complex, slipping from the present, past and to the future and back again like elusive sea nymphs." The Washington Post
  • "McDermott can make sadness exhilarating; she can make goodness as irresistible as venial sin. The detail in At Weddings and Wakes is not painstaking but hallowing; as if specific descriptions were the wards of a key and lock that, fitted exactly, open the door to the perilous magic of the past." Los Angeles Times
  • "Brilliant...McDermott has fashioned a spare, delicate, and luminous gem...Tender and true, this novel is also technically stunning." The PLain Dealer
  • "Vividly evoked...With her third novel, McDermott secures her reputation as a mesmerizing and innovative storyteller." Time
  • "Ms. McDermott has taught us to expect something extraordinary...her sentences have a harmony all their own, grave, decorous, moving." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Remarkable...McDermott plots the touching dignity of ordinary lives pursued on the crest of inevitable sadness...In translucent prose with rich recognitions, a fine novel of vigorous wisdom and heartbreaking humanity." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Beautiful...Writing in an elliptical, almost languid prose, and telling her story with detachment and classic literary grace, McDermott is at the top of her artistry here." Entertainment Weekly
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Manifested in:

At Weddings and Wakes (January 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780385319850
Dimensions: 5.32 x 7.96 x .62 in
Pages: 224

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