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Author: Martha Plimpton,Alice McDermott
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Title: After This: A Novel
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Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 5, 2006)

After This: A Novel by Martha Plimpton,Alice McDermott



Written by Alice McDermott. Narrated by Martha Plimpton. Alice McDermott's powerful new novel wittily captures the social, political and spiritual upheavals of the mid-twentieth century through the story of a family, and the changing world 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 lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam.

Alice McDermott's powerful new novel wittily captures the social, political and spiritual upheavals of the mid-twentieth century through the story of a family, and the changing world in which they live. Download After This: A Novel Audiobook. Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: 10 hours Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781593979935.

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Alice McDermott's novel After This, narrated by Martha Plimpton. This powerful novel wittily captures the social, political and spiritual upheavals of the mid-twentieth century through the story of a family, and the changing world in which they live.

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Written by Alice McDermott, Audiobook narrated by Martha Plimpton. Narrated by: Martha Plimpton. Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins. Alice McDermott's masterful new novel is a vivd portrait of an American family caught at the crossroads of the tumultuous middle decades of the 20th century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, After This evokes the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of its time through the experiences of a working-class couple, John and Mary Keane, their four children, and the changes radiating through their Catholic community on Long Island

Written By Alice McDermott Read By Alice McDermott. Alice McDermott at the 92nd Street Y. Alice McDermott "is a genius of quiet observation", said the Los Angeles Times. One of our finest novelists. Written By Alice McDermott Read By Roger Rosenblatt. Witty, compassionate, and wry, After This.

Martha Plimpton expertly handles McDermott’s habit of providing unhurried detail. As a reader, Plimpton is both energetic and precise-important qualities given McDermott’s intricate use of sentences that unspool their meaning phrase by phrase. Elegant and formal when McDermott’s writing is elegiac, dense, and echoing with internal rhymes, Plimpton is equally at ease creating voices inflected with New York accents, and she delivers perfect pacing when the writing turns quick with dialogue. Listeners will delight in this production. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2007 Audies Award.

Martha Plimpton has starred in the films The Goonies and 200 Cigarettes among numerous others. A strong supporter of the theater, she donates her time and efforts to the "52nd Street Project," a not-for-profit organization dedicated to matching inner-city children with professional theater artists to create original theater. Book added to the bookshelf.

View More by This Author. This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. From Publishers Weekly. Sep 04, 2006 – Plimpton's dark, rich voice and wry wit make her a fine choice for interpreting the stark realism of McDermott's latest character study. Set mostly in the 1960s and '70s in Catholic Long Island, the novel tests the troubled waters stirred by the sexual revolution and the Vietnam War. The challenge of this kind of narration is that McDermott's characters never speak the depths that are inside them. Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks . 1 or later and iOS . 3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks . or later and OS X 1. or later.

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 fou A vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. When Alice McDermott's novel Charming Billy beat out two sprawling tomes by literary heavyweights for the National Book Award in 1998 (Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full and Robert Stone's Damascus Gate), The New York Times described the victory as a "surprise.

Alice McDermott's powerful new novel wittily captures the social, political and spiritual upheavals ofthemid-twentieth century through the story of a family, and the changing world 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 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
Reviews: 7
Shezokha
I thought I'd found a new writer. But this author just kills you with descriptions. She'll take half a page to describe a sunset or the coldness of the day. You want to hear the dialogue between the characters so you can get to know them better. I hate to give up on a book once I start. The thought crossed my mind several times during this read. Towards the end, I could care less how it ended. Just glad it did.
Hunaya
Alice McDermott is my favorite modern American author. I have read nearly all of her books and loved each for different reasons. After This is at the top of the list as I feel as if I'm part of the family. Her writing brings you in so close to the experience even though it is often sparse and indirect. She also captures time and place beautifully. As a Catholic baby boomer who grew up not far from NYC i feel a strong connection to her characters. My book club, which is coed, recently read After This. it was my second time reading it and i feel in love again. The book club gave the book rave reviews for the most part, particularly in ability to craft a story. She is an exceptional observer of life and quite insightful. i highly recommend any and all of her work.
Felolune
NOTE: Possible spoiler alerts.

A very good story about the lives of Mary Keane, her husband John, and their kids Jacob, Michael, Annie, and Clare. As in her novel Someone, Annie McDermott follows lives through many years; here we start just after World War II and go into the 1970s. We watch Mary and John meet (just when Mary was afraid she would be a spinster) fall in love, have kids and grow old together.

McDermott does a wonderful job in laying out the hopes and fears that grip us all. When Mary is pregnant with Clare, their youngest, John takes inventory of his family "His love for his children bore down on his heart with the weight of three heavy stones. There were all his unnamed fears for them, and hopes for them. There was all he was powerless to change, including who they were - one too mild, one too easily tempted to be cruel, and the little girl (it was the weight of a heavy stone agains his heart) a mystery to him, impossible to say what she, through her life would need. And soon one more." (p35)

In describing the pivotal events, McDermott does a masterful job of leading us to them and showing us just a glimpse - a little bit from the side and then stopping; walking on to the next event; leaving us to piece together details later on.

Some of the sections were difficult to follow and were dragged a bit. I would have given this book 3 stars instead of 4 except for a few riveting scenes - especially Annie's friend Susan at the doctor's office. Describing Annie she writes "She had studied her own young face, blotched with weeping, in the bathroom mirror. Terrible things were ahead of her: Jacob would go to Vietnam. Her father's surgery had made him an old man. And how would she bear the empty world without her mother in it? There was college to look forward to, boyfriends, marriage, maybe children of her own, but terrible things, too, were attached to any future. What you needed, she thought, was Susan's ability, her courage, to fix your eyes on the point oat which the worst things would be over, gotten through. But what an effort that took." (p164)

This novel has its merits; but, If you are going to read one Alice McDermott book, read Someone.
Kulwes
Author Alice McDermott brilliantly captures the very essence of the '60s in this book that views that turbulent and societal-changing decade through the eyes of one family who lives in suburban Long Island, New York. Good Roman Catholics Mary and John meet by chance in a diner, fall in love and marry at an older age than was common in the 1950s. They promptly have four children, two boys and two girls. Their lives are filled with joy and tragedy. It is both the small events of their lives--repairing the house after a hurricane, spearheading the building of a new church--and the big events of the '60s--Vietnam and the sexual revolution--that lead their four children away from them and into the wider world, well beyond their control. It is a universal story of parents, children and the confusing and sometimes insurmountable and effects of the times in which we live.
godlike
I gave this book a good try and decided half way through that I had no interest in these characters and their very boring existence! I rarely give up on a book, but I looked at continuing as a form of punishment no matter how good this author might be even their four kids are boring!
Daiktilar
I love Alice McDermott's writing and this novel captured me with it's story of young love, marriage and the building of a family during the post war Baby Boomer period, which I can relate to personally. Full of rich descriptions and realistic characters. A most enjoyable read!