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Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry…

Songs in Ordinary Time (edition 1997)

by Mary McGarry Morris

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Title:Songs in Ordinary Time
Authors:Mary McGarry Morris
Info:Viking Adult (1997), Hardcover
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Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris



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No stars...one of the most painful reading experiences...next to Atlas Shrugged
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
No stars...one of the most painful reading experiences...next to Atlas Shrugged
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen - involved with a troubled young priest; Norm, sixteen - hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth only he knows about Duvall. Among a fascinating cast of characters we meet the children's alcoholic father, Sam Fermoyle, now living with his senile mother and embittered sister; Sam's meek brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his ailing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who - in complete contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the perfect house next door.
  JESGalway | May 10, 2018 |
Songs In Ordinary Time was a tough read. Marie Fermoyle is a single mother of three raising her children in 1960's Atkinson, Vermont. Marie has so many strikes against her - she married 'above her station'; her ex is the town drunk and laughingstock; her daughter has an affair with a young priest; her house is rundown. Marie's pride completely prevents her from asking for help or accepting it when it is offered. Marie is overworked, struggling financially and lonely.

The stage is set for the arrival of Omar Duvall, a con man who insinuates himself into the lives of the residents of Atkinson and, in particular, the Fermoyle family. Duvall carries a dangerous secret and Marie's youngest knows all about it. Benji is so desperate to have his mother happy that he hides this knowledge from everyone.

The author does a wonderful job of developing the characters in this book - not just the Fermoyle family and Omar, but many of the residents of Atkinson as well. This book is not a 'page-turner' but it kept me interested until the end. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Nov 29, 2017 |
It took me so long to get through this book. I read it several years ago, and I even forget some of what this book was about. Part of the reason for that is that there were way too many characters woven in, there was a myriad of little minor sub-stories mixed in, some of which didn't get resolved. I found this to be a tedious read and do not recommend this one. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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To Michael with love. As well as Vincent, John, Bill, and David with laughter, the song
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On the day that Duvall come Benjamin Fermoyle was twelve.
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In Morris' intricately contructed novel, many lives intersect and connect, much like the strains of a symphonic ode. But it is the Fermoyle family who lends the story its resonance and presents the reader eith a multitude of passions, ironies, tragedies, poor choices, and triumphs from which one can trace every element of the human condition. Marie Fermoyle's life is a daily struggle not only to feed and clothe her children, but to imbue them with the strength and determination she knows they will need to forge their way in the hardscrabble world the inhabit.
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1997: A dark secret lies at the heart of Mary McGarry Morris's extraordinary novel, Songs in Ordinary Time. Rooted in the delicate web of emotions, lies, and truths that bind people together, the story takes place in the primarily Catholic town of Atkinson, Vermont, during the summer of 1960. Here Marie Fermoyle struggles to raise her three children. She already has two strikes against her: she married above her station and now is divorced from her alcoholic husband, Sam. That he is the town drunk and a laughingstock only further marks the Fermoyles.

Enter Omar Duvall, a confidence man. He comes to the door asking for bread and sees an opportunity. Soon he has insinuated himself into the Fermoyle family, promising Marie companionship, love, a willing pair of shoulders to share her burden. Twelve-year-old Benjy knows something terrible about Duvall, but, desperate for anything that will make his mother happy, he hides the truth. This silence gives Duvall time to bring Marie to the brink of financial disaster and lead her sons into mortal danger.

Songs in Ordinary Time includes a chorus of other Atkinson inhabitants: town cop Sonny Stoner and his dying wife; insurance salesman Bob Haddad, so enthralled with his beautiful wife that he's willing to steal for her; and Father Gannon, the young priest with whom Marie's daughter Alice becomes involved; and the Klubock family next door, who epitomize all that is normal to young Benjy. With these lives threaded through her bittersweet tale of the Fermoyles, Morris strikes all the notes of loneliness, hope, and familial love.

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It's the summer of 1960 Atkinson, Vermont. Marie Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

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