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After This by Alice McDermott

After This is the story of the Keane family over 30 years. In Manhattan after World War II, Mary meets John Keane, an injured war veteran, and they marry, raising their Catholic family on Long Island. They have four children, sons Jacob and Michael and daughters Annie and Clare. It's quiet and sensitive Jacob who is sent to Vietnam instead of the fearless Michael. The girls deal with ongoing changes in women's role in society including the sexual revolution. Each chapter is another important time in the family's life. Alice McDermott's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "It is no secret that Alice McDermott, winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Charming Billy, is a writer of many talents, but to read her new novel, After This, is to be reminded how rare her gifts are."
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Washington Post review by Jane Hamilton

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review by Diana Nelson Jones

USA Today review by Jocelyn McClurg

Rocky Mountain News review by Jenny Shank

New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani

Christian Science Monitor review by Yvonne Zipp

Boston Phoenix review by Julia Hanna

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