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After This (2006)

by Alice McDermott

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I could completely understand the families in this book---must be my age! McDermott beautifully describes the feelings of the times---all about changes and similarities of the generations. ( )
  nyiper | Nov 11, 2014 |
I did not like this book at all - read it for a local book club. There seemed to be no plot or story line. A collection of short glimpses of a family over decades but no consistent theme. The book jumped from one time to the next with very poor transitions. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Mar 7, 2013 |
Good book by Alice McDermott. Just went too fast and left a lot of details out. ( )
  kkhughes | Oct 13, 2012 |
I like Alice McDermott, but I just couldn't warm up to this book. All the characters seem to live fairly pointless lives. We don't really get to know or like any of them particularly well, and then it just ends. Very disappointing. ( )
  PermaSwooned | Oct 8, 2012 |
For some reason, this felt more like short stories than the novel it was. I couldn't seem to develop a liking for any of the characters.
  gbelik | Jan 26, 2012 |
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Leaving the church, she felt the wind rise, felt the pinprick of pebble and grit against her stockings and her cheeks -- the slivered shards of mad sunlight in her eyes.
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Alice McDermott's powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live.

While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott's inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family.

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"After This evokes the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of its time through the experiences of a working-class couple, John and Mary Keane, and their four children, and the changes radiating through their Catholic community on Long Island." "While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he find himself on the way to Vietnam. Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an impossible, almost saintly innocence. As John and Mary struggle to uphold the framework of their family, the four siblings are destined to experience, firsthand, the challenges and liberties born in the crucible of the 1960s."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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