Alice McDermott in conversation with Siobhan Campbell
In one beautifully observed, quietly absorbing novel after another, Alice McDermott has made the insular world of New York's Irish Catholic immigrants in the first half of the 20th century her own. And in focusing tightly on a close–knit community of ordinary people, she leads us to a deep understanding of the human condition.
The Ninth Hour , McDermott's eighth novel, is about an order of nursing nuns and the needy families, elderly shut–ins, disabled invalids and strapped widows they care for in a predominantly Irish Catholic neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
Alice McDermott is one of America's greatest contemporary writers, and, in this conversation with poet Siobhán Campbell, she will explore her literary genealogy and her writing life in a troubled USA.