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The ninth hour

Author: Alice McDermott
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On a gloomy day in February, 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: firemen, a gathered crowd and a distraught young widow. Moved by Annie's plight, and her unborn child, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice McDermott
ISBN: 9781408854600 1408854600 9781408854617 1408854619
OCLC Number: 1008613139
Notes: Originally appeared in slightly different form in the New Yorker.
Awards: Short-listed for Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year 2017
Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Alice McDermott.

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On a gloomy day in February, 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: firemen, a gathered crowd and a distraught young widow. Moved by Annie's plight, and her unborn child, the wise nun finds her work in the convent's laundry, and Annie's baby daughter grows up amidst the crank of the wringer, the hiss of the iron, the reminiscences of Sister Illuminata and the games of Sister Jeanne. Yet what will become of this convent child? Will Sally join the women who raised her in their unending efforts to alleviate Brooklyn's poverty and sickness?

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Alongside her marvellous descriptions of unbeautiful bodies is an intense lyricism ... McDermott is so attentive to atmospheres, glances, the quietest moments that provoke profound shifts in a Read more...

 
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