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Book Fare - Someone: A Novel

Someone: A Novel
by Alice McDermott
National Book Award Winner

Literary perspective: Loretta Polish, Ph.D.
Psychoanalytic perspective: Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

APT Members: $10 Students: $5 General Public: $15

One CME and CE Credit Hour

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Patients and therapists alike often neglect the utility of literature in capturing, describing, and facilitating the work with feelings, fantasies, and mental states.

Finding the remarkable in a seemingly unremarkable life, McDermott performs a minor miracle in “Someone: A Novel,” crafting a captivating story by opening up a single life into an extraordinary experience.

“Someone” is a wonderfully modest title for such a fine-tuned, beautiful book filled with so much universal experience, such haunting imagery, such urgent matters of life and death. But Ms. McDermott is plain-spoken even at her most wrenching. - Janet Maslin, NY Times Books There are many reasons to write a novel. One, maybe the best, is to bear compassionate witness to what it is to be alive, in this place, this time. This kind of novel is necessary to us. We need to know about other lives: This kind of knowledge expands our understanding, it enlarges our souls. There are differences between us, but there are things we share. Fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief: Those are common to us all. Those are the things that great novelists explore. And it’s this exploration, made with tenderness, wisdom and caritas, that’s at the heart of Alice McDermott’s masterpiece.

-- Roxana Robinson, Washington Post

Snuggling into bed to read Someone at the end of each day, I found myself eager to pick up where I had left off. McDermott writes with spare poetry and deep compassion. Her prose is unhurried, sometimes elliptical — she trusts us to grasp the story as it unfolds. She mesmerizes with very little, taking readers in unexpected directions through familiar territory. - Susan Jane Gilman, NPR Books

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the issue of particulars versus generalities as illustrated in this novel.
2. Discuss issues of loss and mourning as illustrated in this novel.
3. Discuss how Alice Mc Dermott's literary style and sentence construction enrich the novel.