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Mother of Sorrows

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    Well written and insightful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Reflection of Life

    Richard Mccann¿s book reminds me of Tolstoi saying that if a writer accurately describes his reality in his work then he has accomplished his task as a writer. This is what Mccann has done in this book. He caught the reflection of his and this beaitful and moving book is the result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    A surprise page-turner!

    Raw emotion, death, being a disappointment to his father, and a journey into manhood like no other. With meticulous details of 1950¿s American suburbia, ¿Mother of Sorrows¿ artfully goes back and forth between childhood and a lifetime of regret, anger and reconcilation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    incredible writing

    the kirkus review is totally off target on this book - the reviewer obviously didn't get it. this is a book of linked short stories about the same family - two boys, and their parents - growing up in the suburbs of washington d c in the fifties. Don't look for a chronological sequence here; the stories move back and forth in time, each one illuminating something more -- often shocking -- about the relationships between these people. And it's written with such honesty and precision that reading it may remind you a bit of Long Day's Journey Into Night - it's got the same sadness, and merciless honesty. It's also funny, and the sort of intense writing you get only when a poet (which McCann is) turns to prose. For the precision of its observations, the evocation of the painfulness of living in a family with parents you did not choose, this book is off the charts. Highly recommended.

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    Posted April 9, 2011

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