Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:53am
At the beginning of Someone, narrator and heroine Marie Commeford describes a childhood encounter with a kind young neighbor. Within a handful of pages, Marie shifts her focus to an unsettling moment in her pregnancy years later. Then, she is back in her childhood, her father arriving home from work.
And so it goes in Alice McDermott's 2013 novel, in which the now older Marie reflects on the various life events and relationships that have shaped her -- including her first heartbreak, her eventual marriage, and her bond with her complex, troubled brother Gabe. As Marie's story unwinds, her choices and actions reverberate, and Someone develops into an evocative character study, as well as a thoughtful meditation on the simultaneous smallness and bigness of an ordinary life.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we join in DC Public Library's celebration of Women's History Month with a discussion of Someone -- and, especially, its acclaimed author's portrayal of its female protagonist -- on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 202-727-0232.