Mary and O'Neil

Mary and O'Neil

by Justin Cronin
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Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin

Mary and O’Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they’d come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again?

Justin Cronin’s poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O’Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O’Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O’Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O’Neil’s sister’s battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O’Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385333597
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 262,355
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Justin Cronin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and associate professor of English at La Salle University. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Epoch, Greensboro Review, and Crescent Review, and in The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. He lives with his wife and their young daughter in Philadelphia.

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Mary and O'Neil 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book with stories that touch your heart with their insight, compassion, and tenderness. I have read and reread this book and bought copies for friends and family. It is book every one should read. It will remind you how precious everything in life is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the author's debut, but it feels like a classic from the first page. The real satisfaction is Cronin's exquisite prose: there are passages on almost every page that had me in awe of this man's talent. I haven't felt this way about a book or an author since I first 'discovered' J.D. Salinger, or Anne Tyler: complete and utter astonishment that someone can craft such beautiful prose and make you care so deeply about the characters, joy and pain and all. As a reader, I felt a real sense of importance with these stories--you read them, and you just know that Justin Cronin is destined for greatness. 'Mary and O'Neil' is among the most promising debuts I've seen in years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read his newest book! passage. It was unexpectedly complex and vastly interesting. Then the Summer Guest and now this! I can't wait for more. It seems a quiet tale until the people of it become treasured and their lives so true. Just read it.
DebsSweet More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why some authors remind us over and over again of certain facts are surely not to be forgotten anyway. Is this an attempt to make the story longer? I was so distracted by the same information time and again SO I rate it 3 stars. Some of the book was nice, interesting and funny at times.
CLSR More than 1 year ago
This very short story of love is immense. Don't pass it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautifully written novel reads like poetry. Laid out in 8 short stories, the lives of Mary & O'Neil are woven in and out of those of their families and friends. Justin Cronin treats us to glimpses of life - these characters' lives, our own lives, and the great long chain of all human life. Bravo!
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EcubedI More than 1 year ago
Ordinary life told extraordinarily well.  The emotion of this story snuck up on me.  The intertwining stories of everyday people point to how to live and enjoy life as it comes.  
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DCReed More than 1 year ago
Great book, but why is the electronic version -- that requires only electrons, and not atoms to deliver -- more than the paperback? Moronic. This is yet another reason why I'll be tossing out my Nook and returning to print books.
fangmFL More than 1 year ago
I loved it and I am looking forward to more from Justin Cronin
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