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The Resource The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour

Label
The Ninth Hour
Title
The Ninth Hour
Statement of responsibility
Alice McDermott
Title variation
9th hour
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Language
eng
Summary
A magnificent new novel from one of America's finest writers—a powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens a gas tap in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife—that "the hours of his life . . . belonged to himself alone." In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Saviour, an aging nun, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.In Catholic Brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man's brief existence, and yet his suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives—testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations. Rendered with remarkable delicacy, heart, and intelligence, Alice McDermott's The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today
Summary
A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn
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Character
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
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10576367
Cataloging source
DLC
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McDermott, Alice
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Ninth Hour
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:1a4a8c82-1876-4873-9647-e4de7b544ff5
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780374712174
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Ninth Hour
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1a4a8c82-1876-4873-9647-e4de7b544ff5
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780374712174
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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