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The Ninth HourFrom The National Book Award Winning Author Comes A Luminous, Deeply Humane Novel About Three Generations Of An Irish Immigrant Family In 1940s And 1950s Brooklyn For Fans Of Anne Tyler, Anne Enright And Colm T Ib NOn A Gloomy February Afternoon, Jim Sends His Wife Annie Out To Do The Shopping Before Dark Falls He Seals Their Meagre Apartment, Unhooks The Gas Tube Inside The Oven, And Inhales Sister St Saviour, A Little Nursing Sister Of The Sick Poor, Catches The Scent Of Fire Doused With Water And Hurries To The Scene A Gathered Crowd, Firemen, And The Distraught Young Widow Moved By The Girl S Plight, And Her Unborn Child, The Wise Nun Finds Annie Work In The Convent S Laundry Where, In Turn, Her Daughter Will Grow Up Amidst The Crank Of The Wringer And The Hiss Of The Iron In Catholic Brooklyn In The Early Part Of The Twentieth Century, Decorum, Superstition And Shame Collude To Erase Jim S Brief Existence And Yet His Suicide, Although Never Mentioned, Reverberates Through Many Generations Testing The Limits Of Love And Sacrifice, Of Forgiveness And Forgetfulness In Prose Of Startling Radiance And Precision, Alice McDermott Tells A Story That Is At Once Wholly Individual And Universal In Its Understanding Of The Human Condition Rendered With Remarkable Lucidity And Intelligence, The Ninth Hour Is The Crowning Achievement Of One Of Today S Finest Writers.

Alice McDermott born June 27, 1953 is Johns Hopkins University s Writer in Residence Born in Brooklyn, New York, McDermott attended St Boniface School in Elmont, Long Island, NY 1967 , Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead NY 1971 , the State University of New York at Oswego, receiving her BA in 1975, and later received her MA from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.She has taught at the UC

[Ebook] ➭ The Ninth Hour ➬ Alice McDermott – Girlnailart.us
  • Hardcover
  • 247 pages
  • The Ninth Hour
  • Alice McDermott
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 9781408854600

10 thoughts on “The Ninth Hour

  1. says:

    Alice McDermott is one of my very favorite writers I found in her new novel the same subtle, quiet storytelling with simple prose, descriptions that defy you to stay in your present place and send you to this place, this Catholic, Irish American Brooklyn in the early twentieth century She invites you through her ordinary characters living their everyday lives in spite of their flaws, to see the extraordinary things of our humanity This is a story of a family beginning with life before Sally is born to Anne and narrated by Sally s children It begins with the fate of Sally s father as he commits suicide and the nuns enter their lives In a time when the nuns cared for the poor and the sick and the orphans and then taking under their wings a widow and her infant daughter even before she is born They will impact Anne and Sally throughout their lives So this is a story as much about these nuns as it is about this family The Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor Sister St Saviour, Sister Illuminata, Sister Jeanne , Sister Lucy I couldn t help but love these nuns I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school so found a real affinity to them There was something about being near to them that made you want to be like them so it was understandable to me why Sally as a young woman thinks she wants to join the convent Is this about the Catholic Church Sure in some ways Is it about people s relationship with God Sure in s...

  2. says:

    But it was at this hour, when the sun was a humming gold at the horizon, or a pale peach, or even just, as now, a gray pearl, that she felt the breath of God warm on her neck It was at this hour that the whole city smelled to her like the inside of a cathedral damp stone and cold water and candle wax and the sound of her steps on the sidewalk and over the five cross streets made her think of a priest approaching the alter in shined shoes Or of a bridegroom, perhaps, out of one of the romances she had read as a girl, all love and anticipationImpressiveRather dark and rather hopeful And oh those Sisters need to read of this author On a gloomy February afternoon in Brooklyn, Jim sends his wife Annie out to do the shopping before dark falls He seals their meagre apartment, unhooks the gas tube inside the oven and inhalesSister St Saviour...

  3. says:

    I absolutely adore this author, and have been waiting for a few years for this her next offering Her novels aren t suspense filled, no thrill a minute, no car chases or knife wielding psychopaths, just slices of life in all it s messy permutations Early twentieth century, Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Irish Catholics during a time period when most medical care was performed by nuns, in this case the Little Nursing Sisters of the sick poor, the only recourse for those who cannot afford a physician A young man commits suicide, leaving a young pregnant wife, enter Sister St Savior who will be this woman s guardian angel Providing her with a job in the convention laundry as well as finding her needed baby things and even a new friend with children of her own Sally is born and is raised with the help of the good sisters in the convent laundry We come to know some of these sisters, travel with them as they visit the elderly, and the ill in their homes The sisters very much present in the lives of these families We watch as a young woman struggles with a decision regarding her vocation and her mother tries to find a new path to happiness, one in which the sisters very much disapprove In a unique twist we also hear from voices from the future about forthcoming events, second and third generations A wonderfully told story about a time long past, about love and morals and the many places and times these same crcumstances repeat McDermott s novels are so realistic, her writing simple...

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    Fairness demanded that grief should find succor, that wounds should heal, insult and confusion find recompense and certainty, that every living person God had made should not, willy nilly, be forever unmade And when the suffocating weight of despair visits upon the souls of the hopeless, choices will fit into the maze of forever Jim sends his young wife, Annie, out the door of their delapitated Brooklyn tenement in order to do the weekly shopping The turn of that knob clicks off something within him Like the closing of this door, Jim chooses to shutter any ray of light remaining in his self perceived worthless life He turns the switch slowly on the gas stove and snuffs out the future in a single gesture The lives of Annie and his unborn child will be chiseled with anguish and desperation.But when sorrow visits the doorsteps of these tenements, it ushers in the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor The bend and the turn of the 20th Century reveals the fate of the recent immigrants and the destitute who live...

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    I went into this blind having only skimmed over some reviews but trusting my GR friend s high ratings.So, little did I know that as dark as this starts off and moments during, McDermott s prose rubs off like a balm for both the spirit and the soul.It starts with a suicide in the early 20th century The darkness just before death and that which immediately follows Nuns are brought in to help those grieving those dying.This is mostly Sally s story the path her life took after her father committed suicide leaving her mother pregnant with her.How the nuns stepped in and provided her with a job to help sustain both Sally s early years in the convent while her mother worked The relationships that developed and the decision to take the habit, become a nurse and take on a calling to help others in their time of need However, things take a turn early on in her journey and things she thought clear, became muddled But the nuns never waivered or when they did, they did so with the best intentions Loved the way McDermott tells a story what starts in one direction turns you around on your head in a completely different one I didn t know until the very end how much I took to the one nun, Jeannie.Did I love this Close, but no cigar It took me quite a few pages to get into and I wasn t sure of the nun angle growing up in the catholic sc...

  6. says:

    The Ninth Hour a story by Alice McDermott is well written vivid and an interesting insight into 20th Century Irish Catholic Brooklyn and while I found the book well written prose wise I did find the novel quite disjointed and at times difficult to follow The Story starts out quite strong with Jim a young Irish immigrant recently fired from his job as a subway motorman takes his own life in the Brooklyn apartment he rents with his pregnant wife Annie Sister St Saviour from the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick appears on the scene and takes the young widow under her wing.The life of the Little Nursing Sisters was to go out in the very Catholic Brooklyn community and nurse those who were sick or suffering and I found this really interesting and informative in the book Their nursing went far and beyond what was normal duties for a nurse as the sisters would also cook, clean, take in laundry, provide company, and sustenance for people in need The sisters contributed immensely to the community they worked in and it was nice to see that portrayed in this story as there are many wonderful caring nuns who dedicate...

  7. says:

    4.5 from me for this book written by an author whose work I have never read before I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the writing This book starts off with the suicide of a man who leaves behind a pregnant wife The story is a coming of age story of the girl born to this woman, much of their time spent inside an Irish Catholic convent in B...

  8. says:

    Wow.so this was kinda A M A Z I N G..Beginning with a grim suicide this book grabs our heart and won t let go The Jewish religion shared something in common with the Irish Catholic in the early 1900 s there was a stigma a dire sin against a proper burial for those who committed suicide I know things have changed since then in the Jewish religion but I don t know about the Irish Catholic today However in this story at the start of the 20th century when Annie s husband takes his life and pregnant with his child it s one of the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, Sister St Saviour who takes her in After Annie delivers her child the infant named Sally is baptized This story is so beautifully written weaved around the life of Sally and stories of the Civil War to the present day Death, dyin...

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    It was a dark and dank day altogether cold spitting rain in the morning and a low, steel gray sky the rest of the afternoon Two weeks ago, Jim was working as a trainman for the BRT But he felt he should be the master of his own time, and so he took that liberty, so convinced was he of his inalienable right to refuse the constraints of time Sometimes just the pleasure of being an hour or two late was enough to remind him that he, at least, was his own man, that the hours of his life and what precious commodity did he own belonged to himself alone And so, he was discharged from his job, they claimed he was unreliable and defiant, unwilling to follow the rules.His wife, Annie, cried when he shared his news, and then she shared hers there was a baby on the way Jim had sent his wife to do the shopping at four, so she would be back before dark That would give him enough time to prepare and finish his plan.On the streets below, Sister St Saviour, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor was on her way back to the convent after collecting alms for the poor in her basket Despite the needs of her body, she is drawn to another building on the way, feeling called there Despair had weighted the day God Himself was helpless against it Sister St Saviour believed this She believed that God held His head in His hands all the while a young man in the apartment above slipped off this gray life coll...

  10. says:

    My Best Novel of 2017, and a New All Time FavoriteIn the middle of something at work, I will not have time to put into writing a full review until the weekend Yet, I m bursting to rave about this novel and recommend it as a must The book is named for the hour of afternoon prayer, and God is a prevalent presence Yet, this parochial novel s reach is as universal as Graham Greene s The End of the Affair, and Joyce s Dubliners I d rank it with these books in terms of how it evoked a time and place here, a bygone Brooklyn and seemingly irreconcilable moral conflicts, and the way it stirred my soul.For the moment, I ll rely on a few short words of two reviewers whose rave reviews convinced me to read this novel Lily King, The Washington Post superb and masterful t here are so many ways to read this beautiful novel as a Greek tragedy with its narrative chorus and the sins of the fathers as a Faulknerian tale out to prove once that the past is not even past as a gothic tale wrestling with faith, punishment and redemption a la Flannery O Connor or as an Irish novel in the tradition of Anne Enright and Colm T ib n, whose sentences, like hers, burn on the page But it s also a love story, told at a languid, desultory pace and fulfilled most satisfyingly at the end. Rebecca Steinitz, The Boston Globe Mc...

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