Mary and O'Neil

Mary and O'Neil

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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.

Baker & Taylor
A series of ten interconnecting stories trace the lives and continually evolving relationship of Mary and O'Neil, two vulnerable young people, as they make their way from early adulthood, through marriage and parenthood, to beyond and make their peace with the emotional legacies that haunt them both. Reprint.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2002
ISBN: 9780385333597
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRONI...J
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: "A Delta book"--Title page verso


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Mar 06, 2018

It’s hard to believe this is his first book. It’s written so well. The characters feel fully fleshed out and you truly care about them. The descriptions are wonderful and pull you in.

Highly recommend this if you’ve read his other material.

readerckt Feb 02, 2013

Beautifully written, emotionally evocative. Builds slowly to an unexpected crescendo. Most definitely worth reading

cboom Jul 14, 2011

A touching examination of how tragedy in young adulthood impacts a couple as they meet, wed, raise children and journey through their lives. Justin Cronin is a gifted literary author and quite different in this novel than his later work, The Passage, which is also excellent but in a totally different genre, "vampire" science fiction. I loved them both!

Sep 13, 2010

Touching and beautifully written.


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