Songs in Ordinary Time: A Novel (Paperback)
  • Songs in Ordinary Time: A Novel (Paperback)
zoom

Songs in Ordinary Time: A Novel (Paperback)

(author)
£21.99
Paperback 732 Pages / Published: 28/12/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
This New York Times-bestselling novel of a troubled family in 1960s Vermont is "teeming with incident and characters, often foolish, even nasty, but always alive" (The New Yorker).

It is the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. With no help from her alcoholic ex-husband, Marie Fermoyle is raising three children on the edge of poverty. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice, is becoming emotionally involved with a local priest in a staunchly Catholic town that disapproves of Marie's divorce. Alice's brother Norm is a hotheaded sixteen-year-old, and twelve-year-old Benjy is isolated and full of anxieties, looking with yearning at the Klubocks next door, who seem to live an orderly, peaceful life much unlike his own family's.

Now, Marie has met a new man: Omar Duvall, who talks about opportunities and riches but so far seems only to sponge off the Fermoyles. A lonely, desperate single mother like Marie is easy prey for con men, but she resists the temptation to doubt him. Young Benjy, though, may eventually reveal a disturbing secret that could shatter all her hopes.

A portrait of a family as well as a town and its secrets, Songs in Ordinary Time is "a gritty, beautifully crafted novel rich in wisdom and suspense" (The Miami Herald). An Oprah's Book Club selection from an author nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, it is "extraordinary . . . a deeply satisfying story" (USA Today).

Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781504048118
Number of pages: 732
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A novel large enough to live in, a sprawling piece about small-town life." -Booklist

"Deep and thick as a long, hot summer . . . The narrative of a town reminiscent of the collective ache of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." -The Boston Globe

"Morris can depict society's outsiders-people with bleak presents and no futures-with rare understanding and compassion. . . . Morris weaves the taut strands of her plot with remarkable skill, revealing how people with no financial security and few mental resources are controlled by others more feral and more dangerous. Throughout, she maintains the suspense . . . building to a heartstopping denouement, yet remaining strictly observant of the minutiae of daily life that give the book its honesty and pathos."-Publishers Weekly

"In her graphic, stiletto chapters, Mary McGarry Morris is a cross between Elizabeth Gaskell and David Lynch." -Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Morris's powers of observation create a depth that makes the characters' dilemmas seem as real as the reader's own. The book is alternately touching and sinister, but it resonates with authenticity." -The San Diego Tribune

You may also be interested in...

After the Party
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Uncommon Type
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Normal People
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
Macbeth
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Winter
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
In a House of Lies
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Into the Water
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Added to basket
Norse Mythology
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Break
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Snap
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Forget-Me-Not Sonata
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
If Cats Disappeared From The World
Added to basket
Milkman
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.