Monday, August 13, 2007

59. "After This" - Alice McDermott


McDermott is the scientist bent over the microscope of human behavior. She picks up on the best details and uses them to create an overlapping world full of wry wit and deflected misery.

Each chapter is like a short story, all connected to the Keane family. John Keane is a WWII vet, and in a strange twist of fate, his son, named for one of John's killed comrades, is called up to serve in the Vietnam war.

McDermott plants descriptions and characters into each story, so later you read about someone who was first introduced in the second chapter. This encourages the sense of everyone connected by such a fragile spider's web and creates more intensity without over-writing. Lovely work.

4.0 out of 5.0 Afterglows.

1 comment:

prepossessing said...

What a great blog! I just started reading "After This" and I can't really get into it. I will keep on trying.