Absolution (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Absolution (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Alice McDermott
Absolution (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Absolution (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Alice McDermott

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A gorgeous character study of women caught in the orbit of the Vietnam War, Absolution is an observant and profound exploration of an era overrun by men. With a dynamic cast of characters and relationships that ebb and flow, this is a refreshing and necessary perspective of a familiar time.

This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition has a unique cover and includes an afterword exclusively for Barnes & Noble customers.

A riveting account of women’s lives on the margins of the Vietnam War, from the renowned winner of the National Book Award.

You have no idea what it was like. For us. The women, I mean. The wives.

American women—American wives—have been mostly minor characters in the literature of the Vietnam War, but in Absolution they take center stage. Tricia is a shy newlywed, married to a rising attorney on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and a bully. In Saigon in 1963, the two women form a wary alliance as they balance the era’s mandate to be “helpmeets” to their ambitious husbands with their own, inchoate impulse to “do good” for the people of Vietnam.

Sixty years later, Charlene’s daughter, spurred by an encounter with an aging Vietnam vet, reaches out to Tricia. Together, they look back at their time in Saigon, taking wry account of that pivotal year and of Charlene’s altruistic machinations, and discovering as they do how their own lives as women on the periphery—of politics, of history, of war, of their husbands’ convictions—have been shaped and burdened by the same sort of unintended consequences that followed America’s tragic interference in Southeast Asia.

A virtuosic new novel from Alice McDermott, one of our most observant, most affecting writers—about folly and grace, obligation, sacrifice, and, finally, the quest for absolution in a broken world.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374614904
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/31/2023
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 8,487
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including The Ninth Hour, Someone, After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night—all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. For more than two decades she was the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, DC.

Hometown:

Bethesda, Maryland

Date of Birth:

June 27, 1953

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., State University of New York-Oswego, 1975; M.A., University of New Hampshire, 1978
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