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Monday, April 16, 2012
What "The New Yorker" Is Reading: Alice McDermott
Alice McDermott photo by Jerry Ruotolo
The New Yorker magazine lists the reissue of Alice McDermott's "perfect" book, That Night, in their literary engagements of the week (The Book Bench).
The book begins: "That night when he came to claim her, he stood on the short lawn before her house, his knees bent, his fists driven into his thighs, and bellowed her name with such passion that even the friends who surrounded him, who had come to support him, to drag her from the house, to murder her family if they had to, let the chains they carried go limp in their hands.”