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The ninth hour

Author: Alice McDermott
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice McDermott
ISBN: 9780374280147 0374280142
OCLC Number: 968557357
Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: 9th hour
Responsibility: Alice McDermott.

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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.

On a dim winter afternoon in Catholic Brooklyn, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. His suicide reverberates over the decades as decorum, superstition and shame collude to erase the man's brief existence.

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