Novelist Alice McDermott's "The Ninth Hour" tells the story of a widow and her daughter, and the nuns who care for them.

Novelist Alice McDermott's "The Ninth Hour" tells the story of a widow and her daughter, and the nuns who care for them.

Alice McDermott’s latest novel returns readers to a time and place familiar to her readers: Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early Twentieth Century. In “The Ninth Hour,” the National Book Award winning author tells the story of a young widow taken in by a group of nuns who minister to the sick and poor. Narrated by the widow’s grandchildren, the story spans generations, exploring issues of shame, selflessness, faith and love.

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  • Father Thomas Reese Senior analyst, Religion News Service; author of "Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church"
  • Alice McDermott Author of "The Ninth Hour" and seven previous novels, including the National Book Award-winning "Charming Billy."

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