The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
Once again, Alice McDermott returns us to the world of New York’s Irish Catholic immigrants in the first half of the 20th century. Her story begins with a suicide and then follows a widow’s stuggle through life under the guidance of the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor. And once again, by focusing on a tight-knit community of ordinary people, she brings us to a deeper understanding of the human condition. Something your book group can debate deep into the night.