Songs in Ordinary Time

Songs in Ordinary Time

OPRAH'S A NOVEL 1997 SELECTION BOOK CLUB NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Songs in Ordinary Time Mary McGarry Morris SORFORS EARLY BIRD BOOKS FRESH DEALS , DELIVERED DAILY Love. Front Cover.

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504048095

Category: Fiction

Page: 682

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This New York Times bestseller 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).
Categories: Fiction

Reading Oprah

Reading Oprah

How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads Cecilia Konchar Farr ... 1997 New York : Vintage , 1994 Songs In Ordinary Time by Marry McGarry Morris Announced on June 18 , 1997 New York : Penguin , 1995 The Heart of a Woman by ...

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791462587

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.
Categories: Social Science

Selected Novels Volume One

Selected Novels Volume One

Morris’s gift for emotionally powerful, often bleak but always compassionate stories set in the small towns of New England is on display in the two novels collected here: the Oprah’s Book Club Selection and New York Times bestseller, ...

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504054096

Category: Fiction

Page: 1390

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Two powerful novels from “a superb storyteller”: An Oprah’s Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller plus a National Book Award–nominated debut (The Washington Post). The highly acclaimed novelist Mary McGarry Morris has been hailed as “a credible heir to Carson McCullers . . . a wise, unsentimental portraitist of the lonely, the damned, the desperate and the incomplete” (The New York Times Book Review). Morris’s gift for emotionally powerful, often bleak but always compassionate stories set in the small towns of New England is on display in the two novels collected here: the Oprah’s Book Club Selection and New York Times bestseller, Songs in Ordinary Time, and the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, her debut novel, Vanished. Songs in Ordinary Time: In the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont, Marie Fermoyle is raising three children on the edge of poverty, with no help from her alcoholic ex-husband. Desperately lonely, Marie is easy prey for a con man like Omar Duvall. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice, is involved with a local priest; her sixteen-year-old son, Norm, is a hothead; and twelve-year-old Benjy is hiding a secret about Duvall that could shatter all her hopes. “Teeming with incident and characters, often foolish, even nasty, but always alive.” —The New Yorker “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 Vanished: Aubrey Wallace is a simple laborer, the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no man can ignore. The day after they both disappear from their small Vermont town, a toddler is taken from her home. For the next five years, Aubrey, Dotty, and the kidnapped child are trapped in a nomadic existence, terrified of discovery. But when Dotty decides she’s had enough, she hooks up with an ex-convict and the wheels of the little girl’s return to her parents are wrenched fatally into motion. “An impressive debut . . . unusual and rich.” —San Francisco Chronicle “[Hums] with both the authenticity of real life and the mythic power of fable.” —The New York Times
Categories: Fiction

Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery

Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery

... mixture between charity , television , and the market : Starbucks joined Oprah's Book Club and offered to carry and sell the eighth selection of the book , Mary McGarry Morris's Songs in Ordinary Time , at 1,200 Starbucks stores .

Author: Eva Illouz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231118120

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 326

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Oprah Winfrey is an unprecedented and important cultural phenomenon. This book aims to understand the reasons for her spectacular success and visibility. Based on nearly one hundred show transcripts; a year and a half of watching the show regularly; and analysis of magazine articles, several biographies, O Magazine, Oprah Book Club novels, self-help manuals promoted on the show, and hundreds of messages on the Oprah Winfrey Web site, it takes the Oprah industry seriously in order to ask fundamental questions about how culture works today.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Late Age of Print

The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control Theodore G. Striphas, Ted Striphas ... autobiography.64 By stressing the grounded actuality of Songs in Ordinary Time; River, Cross My Heart; Cane River, and other novels, the book club ...

Author: Theodore G. Striphas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231148153

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Here, the author assesses our modern book culture by focusing on five key elements including the explosion of retail bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, and the formation of the Oprah Book Club.
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A Hole in the Universe

A Hole in the Universe

A man returns to his hometown after twenty-five years in prison, in this “richly atmospheric” novel by the acclaimed author of Songs in Ordinary Time (The Washington Post).

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504075237

Category: Fiction

Page: 405

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A man returns to his hometown after twenty-five years in prison, in this “richly atmospheric” novel by the acclaimed author of Songs in Ordinary Time (The Washington Post). After decades in prison for a senseless juvenile murder, Gordon Loomis returns home to find his old neighborhood blighted by drugs and poverty. Desperate for work, he takes a job at the same rundown market where he once stocked shelves as a teenager. But while Gordon’s situation seems bleak, he is not without support. His brother Dennis, a successful oral surgeon, tries to work past his own fears and failings to help Gordon move on from his past. And the flamboyant Delores Dufault yearns to be part of Gordon’s new life—even if he’s as terrified of relationships as he is of going back to jail. Meanwhile, Gordon’s inherent decency draws the attention of a hungry child whose survival threatens the fragile balance that is Gordon’s freedom. Gordon can never forgive himself for that deadly home intrusion twenty-five years ago. Because of him, a pregnant young woman is gone forever. But in spite of his numbness and pain, Gordon will continue to be pursued by those who care for him, need him, and love him.
Categories: Fiction

Legendary Locals of Andover

Legendary Locals of Andover

It was picked by Time magazine as one of the five best novels of 1991 and was made into a motion picture starring Debra Winger and Gabriel Byrne. Her third novel, Songs In Ordinary Time (1995), was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club ...

Author: Bill Dalton and Katharine Dalton

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467100977

Category: History

Page: 128

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When Samuel F. Smith wrote the lyrics to "America" in 1832, he said he was inspired by Andover's beauty, which is reflected in his second stanza: "I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills." Conservationists such as Alice Buck and Harold Rafton have kept Andover beautiful, and innumerable others made Andover a unique and extraordinary town. From Martha Carrier, defying her accusers to the moment of execution, to all the townspeople who fought in our nation's wars, Andoverians have never lacked for courage. Former slaves such as Salem Poor, a hero of Bunker Hill, made many contributions. Teachers such as the Stack sisters and Ted Boudreau kept Andover's standards high. Philanthropists like Sarah Abbot, Benjamin Punchard, and Yvon Cormier contributed to Andover's youth. Literary talent such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary McGarry Morris make life poignant and interesting. Jay Leno keeps America amused. Businesspeople like Samuel Phillips Jr. and William Wood created wealth and jobs, and smaller businesses through the years added to local lore and traditions. These pages are filled with the stories of people who created the admirable, complex tapestry that is Andover.
Categories: History

Fiona Range

Fiona Range

Songs in Ordinary Time (1995) was an Oprah's Book Club selection, which propelled it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks, and it was adapted for a TV movie starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges.

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504075244

Category: Fiction

Page: 422

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In this “complex, compelling” novel by the New York Times–bestselling author, a troubled woman uncovers the mysteries of her own past (Kirkus Reviews). Abandoned by her young mother, unsure of her father’s identity, and raised by her prominent aunt and uncle, thirty-year-old Fiona Range has developed a high threshold for emotional pain. Her recklessness, generosity, and poor judgment have landed her in more scrapes than her affluent family—or small-town community—can tolerate. Beautiful, volatile, and smart-tongued (or trashy, erratic, and wild, depending on whom you ask), Fiona hits rock bottom after she wakes up with a hangover and a strange man in her bed. Alienated from relatives and friends but determined to change, Fiona turns to the men in her life—among them, cruel and unstable Patrick Grady, who denies she is his daughter. When her gentle cousin Elizabeth arrives home with fiancé in tow, it sparks a storm where past mistakes and current passions collide.
Categories: Fiction

The Lost Mother

The Lost Mother

Songs in Ordinary Time (1995) was an Oprah's Book Club selection, which propelled it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks, and it was adapted for a TV movie starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges.

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504048071

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

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Abandoned by his wife, a man tries to protect his family during the Great Depression, in this “powerful” novel by the bestselling author of Songs in Ordinary Time (Publishers Weekly). During the Great Depression, rural Vermont suffers along with the rest of the country, and Henry Talcott, with only occasional work as a butcher, is reduced to moving into a tent on the edge of Black Pond with his two children. Their beautiful but unreliable mother has left them, and Henry is devastated by her desertion. He hasn’t told Thomas or Margaret why she left—or if she will return. Told from twelve-year-old Thomas’s perspective, The Lost Mother follows this shattered family as a wealthy neighbor begins to woo the children as companions for her strange, housebound son, and Henry weighs an unexpected proposition, the consequences of which may cost him everything. “A perfectly lovely story about perfectly awful things” by the New York Times–bestselling and National Book Award–nominated author of A Dangerous Woman and Light from a Distant Star, The Lost Mother is “the quietest, subtlest novel that has ever kept [its readers] up into the small hours of the night, unable to look away” (The Washington Post).
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A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman

Songs in Ordinary Time (1995) was an Oprah's Book Club selection, which propelled it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks, and it was adapted for a TV movie starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges.

Author: Mary McGarry Morris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504048064

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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The “compelling, suspenseful” novel of a vulnerable misfit in a small town by the New York Times–bestselling author of Light from a Distant Star (Publishers Weekly). Named one of the five best novels of the year by Time magazine, A Dangerous Woman is the story of the damaged and emotionally unstable Martha Horgan, an outcast in her small Vermont town. She stares; she has violent crushes on people; and, perhaps most unsettling of all, she cannot stop telling the truth. After a traumatic experience during her teenage years, the thirty-two-year-old now craves love and companionship, but her relentless honesty makes her painfully vulnerable to those around her: Frances, her wealthy aunt and begrudging guardian; Birdy Dusser, who befriends her and then cruelly rejects her; and Colin Mackey, the seductive man who preys on her desires. Confused and bitter, distrusting even those with her best interests at heart, Martha is slowly propelled into a desperate attempt to gain control over her own life. The National Book Award–nominated author of Songs in Ordinary Time tells a tale of unnerving suspense and terrifying psychological insight that is “at once thrilling and deeply affecting” (The New York Times).
Categories: Fiction