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The ninth hour

Author: Alice McDermott
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice McDermott
ISBN: 9781408854631 1408854635 9781250192745 1250192749 9780374280147 0374280142 9781408854600 1408854600 9781408854617 1408854619
OCLC Number: 1088293495
Notes: Originally published: 2017.
Originally published: Great Britain : Bloomsbury, 2017.
Description: 247 pages ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: Alice McDermott.

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On 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.

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