*** Someone by Alice McDermott

Someone is the seemingly simple story of a woman born, raised, and living in Brooklyn, whose main adventure seems to have been to work in a funeral home for many years (are funeral homes trendy all the sudden?).  The story is told through chapters that could each stand as independent short stories and are cleverly arranged, not always in chronological orders but bouncing from her dying days to youth. It took me several chapters to warm up to the story: it seemed too straightforward and, although told in her voice, almost totally focused on other actors, so much so that she threatened to disappear entirely, but  pretty soon I was captivated by her observations of her brother, a failed priest, the old ladies at the funeral home, even how people greet each other at airports. A subdued delight.

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