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by Alice McDermott

eBook Child of My Heart epub
  • ISBN: 0312422911
  • Author: Alice McDermott
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (November 2003)
  • Pages: 242 pages
  • ePUB size: 1921 kb
  • FB2 size 1962 kb
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Alice McDermott is the author of four previous novels: Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award in 1998; At Weddings and Wakes; That Night; and A Bigamist's Daughter.

Alice McDermott is the author of four previous novels: Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award in 1998; At Weddings and Wakes; That Night; and A Bigamist's Daughter. She lives with her family outside Washington, .

Alice McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 for Charming Billy. Her very first book, and her most recent. But this time I'm sure. This one, is definitely her best work; Child of My Heart is a MUST read. She is the author of four other novels: At Weddings and Wakes, a New York Times bestseller, That Night; and A Bigamist's Daughter.

Child of My Heart book. In Alice McDermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning Charming Billy, a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight.

Alice McDermott's haunting and enchanting new work of fiction-her first since the bestselling Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award-is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. Her parents decided that her best chance in life was to marry a wealthy man, so she was raised on the east end of Long Island, among the country houses of the rich.

I had a deck of cards with me, and my book, and the jar of Noxzema for Daisy’s feet.

Child of my heart, . 4. I had a deck of cards with me, and my book, and the jar of Noxzema for Daisy’s feet. The light was low up there, one of the ceiling lights had burned out and I had only the bedside lamp turned on. We could hear a gentle rain falling overhead. We sat on one of the beds and played rummy for a while, and when we grew bored with that, we went to my old clothes and picked out another outfit for tomorrow-a seersucker shorts set in yellow and white stripes. I told Daisy that it seemed I could recall the entire summer I had worn it just by touching the cloth.

There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps

There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps. l it was difficult to know if their bodies moved with the beating of their hearts or the rise of their breaths. Not meant to live, as my parents had told me, being wild things, although I tried for nearly a week to feed them a watery mixture of milk and torn clover. But that was late August. Late in June, Daisy arrived, the middle child of my father’s only sister.

Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. For her 1998 novel Charming Billy she won an American Book Award and the . National Book Award for Fiction

Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. National Book Award for Fiction. McDermott is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York

Alice McDermott's Child of My Heart tells the story of the friendship between a girl of 15 and her much younger . To this end they live on Long Island, hoping that the beautiful Theresa will capture some young stockbroker's heart.

Alice McDermott's Child of My Heart tells the story of the friendship between a girl of 15 and her much younger cousin. Understandably, her parents' wilfulness on her behalf makes it difficult for Theresa to feel close to them: this in turn intensifies their only child's loneliness. Luckily, Theresa is a natural with children and pets and she soon becomes Long Island's most sought-after babysitter.

by. McDermott, Alice. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

In Alice McDermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning Charming Billy, a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight.

The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, poised, an effortless storyteller, a wonder with children and animals. Among her charges this fateful summer is Daisy, her younger cousin, who has come to spend a few quiet weeks in this bucolic place. While Theresa copes with the challenge presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the tumultuous households of her employers, the attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit, her precocious, tongue-in-check sense of order is tested as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood. In her deeply etched rendering of all that happened that seemingly idyllic season, McDermott once again peers into the depths of everyday life with inimitable insight and grace.

Comments: (7)
Āłł_Ÿøūrš
So here is the thing. Every time I read an Alice McDermott book, I say, This is it, this is my favorite. It borders on ridiculous because I've said it about every book she has written! I have two books left to read by her. Her very first book, and her most recent. But this time I'm sure. This one, is definitely her best work; Child of My Heart is a MUST read. I LOVE this book!
NI_Rak
With the knowledge that Alice McDermott had already won the NBA for "Charming Billy" it was my expectation that the this book would be good. I had not read her previous books, but nonetheless, no one wins the NBA and then writes trash after that, or at least, almost no one.
I was not at all disappointed. While McDermott's plot line is a bit prosaic, the plot is not what is truly brilliant about this book. McDermott takes the plot, and allows it to unfold through the eyes of a pretty, intelligent and 16 year old girl way out at the end of Long Island.
With a superb writing style, a truly wonderful sentence structure and an articulation that is simple but truly elegant, McDermott paints a vivid picture of a smart girl facing not so much the realities of life in coming of age, but much more, the Loss of Innocence.
In virtually every way, McDermott's protagonist loses her innocence in a span of about 3 weeks. And yet, the book is subtly disguised as a sweet story about a young girl. Only when the reader scrapes below the surface of McDermott's truly elegant prose, does the reader fully appreciate the message that is being conveyed.
It is with great praise, that I recommend this book to all readers of fine contemporary fiction. The book is truly worthy of being classified as current modern literature.
VariesWent
This is an unusual book and the heroine, Theresa, is an unusual girl. It captivated my attention while, at the same time, had me confused as to what it all meant. I have previously loved Alice McDermott's books but never before had to search for meanings in her prose. Why is Theresa attracted to the old artist? What is the meaning behind her unfailing kindness and the attraction of children and animals. I leave it to you, her next readers. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to my sister.
Androwyn
I do not know what attracted me to this book. In the end, I found it disturbing for this lovely, competent young girl to be in contact with either of the men - a drunken artist and a groping doctor. Neither seemed too interested in their children. What on earth was this about?

I would not recommend this book. So disappointed.
Auridora
This was a lovely book in every way until it was spoiled by the unlikely coming together of the lecherous old man and Theresa. I had just finished At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott which I found overly wordy and without any real plot. Then we were left with an unsatisfactory ending. Although this book was much better I cannot say I am an Alice McDermott fan.
Akelevar
I read other reviews which encouraged my purchase. I got a little weary of Theresa being such a Mother Theresa, but the story was a great read if you like a slow fill that is always moving forward.
Ylonean
I must admit I am an Alice McDermott fan (ever since Charming Billy). However this book touched my heart because it was about a teen-age girl who was an "old soul". By that I mean responsible far beyond her years - - - yet sadly young when faced with death and the first stirrings of sexuality. How both of these events were handled makes one wonder if this practical soul will be featured in a future novel. She, and all of the people in this must-read book, are so real we can only feel the ache of past knowings.
To read Alice McDermott is to enter a wonderland made up of familiar terrain but you still need a road map. With her clean, economical prose she cuts right through the arrogance of the wealthy and the submissiveness of the poor. Fifteen year old Theresa is unlike anyone I have ever encountered in fiction but have known in real life. Thoughtful, kind, and confident, she marches through Long Island, ministering to the neglected children of the rich. When her eight year old cousin Daisy comes to spend a few weeks with Theresa's family, Theresa recognizes how much in need of repair Daisy is. Physically but also emotionally, for Daisy is one of many children of a poor family and has been not abused so much as over looked. Theresa's own family seems to emotionally neglect her too, so caring for Daisy is, in a way, also caring for Theresa. They have a strong bond and Theresa creates a lovely summer for her. The thoughtless and careless ways of the rich are balanced by the thoughtless, careless, ways of the poor. Reading Child of My heart is like reading a primer in how to behave. Do yourself a favor and read this wonderful book. Thanks goodness for Alice McDermott!
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