Sneak Peak: Someone, by Alice McDermott

This weekend I read a fabulous book by Alice McDermott, called Someone. I remember reading Charming Billy years ago, and I was so struck with her language and writing style. The same thing happened with Someone. I promise this book will be reviewed in the next few weeks, but for the time being I’ll offer you a little taste of this woman’s fabulous-ness:

Pegeen Chehab walked up from the subway in the evening light. Her good spring coat was powder blue; her shoes were black and covered the insteps of her long feet. Her hat was beige with someone dark along the crown, a brown feather or two. There was a certain asymmetry to her shoulders. She had a loping, hunchbacked walk. She had, always, a bit of black hair along her cheek, straggling to her shoulder, her bun coming undone. She carried her purse in the lightest clasp of her fingers, down along the side of her leg, which made her seem listless and weary even as she covered the distance quickly enough, the gray sidewalk from subway to parlor floor and basement of the house next door.

Someone has already made it on the NY Times bestseller list and is on the longlist for the National Book Award.

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About katepadilla

I write for the Spencer Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa. I keep blogs lifebythebooks, Save Me, San Francisco, and Beauty and Beast Buy a House. I'm also hard at work writing a short story collection inspired by the music of Train.

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