The Ninth Hour (Compact Disc)

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Set in early 20th century Brooklyn, McDermott's latest novel tells a story of the work of the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, a community of nuns who minister to the poor and the sick. It's also the story of Annie, whose husband commits suicide in the first chapter, and her daughter Sally, who grows up as a child of the convent. It's a story of practical Catholicism as lived by nuns who serve, whose religious fervor is bolstered by their proximity to suffering, and who can look the other way at times when they see sinful behavior. As a young woman, Sally struggles with her own vocation under the conflicting influences in her life. From the first pages of this lovely novel, readers will be spellbound by the warmth and humanity of McDermott's treatment of her characters. It's a quiet and gentle story, even if the subject matter is harsh at times. Highly recommended.

— Alice

October 2017 Indie Next List


“Alice McDermott's dazzling The Ninth Hour turns on the contradictions that confound our need to reconcile with mortality. The empathetic characters, at once agents and benefactors of Christian charity, grow to realize not just the grace but also the hubris of their faith. A stunning work of generational storytelling, The Ninth Hour is compulsively readable and deeply thought-provoking. McDermott is a master artisan of humanity.”
— Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX

Product Details
ISBN: 9781427289193
ISBN-10: 1427289190
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Language: English