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La novena hora
La novena hora

La novena hora

FICTION

296 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: August 2019

ISBN 9788417007409

Rights: US & CA

Libros del Asteroide (Aug 2019)

Price: $22.95
 
 

Overview

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens a gas tap in his Brooklyn apartment. He is determined to show his boss who recently fired him and to his badgering, pregnant wife, that his life was his alone. In the aftermath of the fire and his suicide, Catholic Brooklyn of the twentieth century attempts to erase the man's brief existence through shame and superstition. Though he is never spoken of, his life reverberates through many, testing the limits of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness.En una oscura tarde de invierno, en el Brooklyn de principios del siglo xx, un joven inmigrante irlandés que acaba de ser despedido convence a su mujer, que está a punto de dar a luz, para que salga a hacer la compra. Una vez solo en el apartamento, abre el gas y se suicida. La hermana St. Saviour, una monja de un convento cercano, será quien ayude a Annie, la pobre viuda, a rehacer su vida. Annie trabajará durante muchos años como planchadora en la lavandería del convento. Su hija Sally, la verdadera protagonista de la historia, se criará entre pilas de ropa blanca y el siseo constante de la plancha pero, llegado el momento, deberá elegir su propio camino en la vida. La novena hora es una preciosa novela, profundamente humana, sobre el perdón, la generosidad y el olvido. Con esta historia que recorre tres generaciones de un pequeño vecindario de Brooklyn, Alice McDermott vuelve a demostrar que es una de las más notables escritoras norteamericanas en activo.

Reviews

"McDermott is a poet of corporeal description . . . it's the way she marries the spirit to the physical world that makes her work transcendent . . . The Ninth Hour is a story with the simple grace of a votive candle in a dark church."—Sarah Begley, Time 

Author Biography

Alice McDermott is an American writer and university professor. For her novel Charming Billy, she won an American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.